Showtime special highlights Fedor, Rogers ahead of Nov. 7 Strikeforce card

Special will premiere Nov. 3 on Showtime
2009-10-22T15:10:00Z Showtime special highlights Fedor, Rogers ahead of Nov. 7 Strikeforce cardMATT ERICKSON, matt.erickson@nwi.com, (219) 933-3275 nwitimes.com

With Strikeforce's Nov. 7 event in Hoffman Estates looming, the premium cable network Showtime will air a documentary special about main eventers Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers.

"Fight Camp 360°: Fedor vs. Rogers" will feature behind-the-scenes looks at Fedor, considered by many to be the world's top heavyweight and perhaps the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport, and his Nov. 7 opponent, the unbeaten Brett Rogers. The special will air on Showtime on Nov. 3 at 8:30 p.m. Central.

The main card for Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers will air live on Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. on CBS. Also on the card is Portage fighter John Kolosci and Schererville's Deray Davis, both fighting on the preliminary card.

Director Ron Yassen's piece is expected to go inside the lives and training camps of both fighters.

"Fedor is beyond captivating as a fighter, and more so, as a man," Yassen said in a release. "It's a pure joy to film him so intimately as he strives for perfection in life and sport with grace and charm. While training for this most important match, he kindly opened up his life to us in and out of the ring, without the ego that often comes with being the very best at one's craft."

The Nov. 7 Strikeforce card, at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, is the first time Fedor (30-1) will be in front of a national TV audience. Rogers (10-0), who lives and trains in Minneapolis, is coming off a 22-second knockout of former UFC heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski.

Strikeforce CEO and president said the special is a unique look at the fighters that fans haven't seen before.

"This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for fans to go behind the scenes and take a close look at the extraordinary, No. 1 fighter in the world -- Fedor -- and his opponent, who has become a symbol of The American Dream," Coker said.

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