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Michael David Smith talks to Scott Coker and gets more scoop on the November 7 Fedor Emelianenko vs Brett Rogers card on CBS:
Can you tell me any of the undercard fights?
I can tell you some of the fighters. You'll see Gegard Mousasi, Jake Shields, Mayhem Miller and Cris Cyborg. It'll be a solid card, with the No. 1 heavyweight in the world and a great undercard.
And ESPN.com is reporting that Chicago is the likely venue for the event:
The mixed martial arts promotion Strikeforce is in talks with Illinois' athletic commission to sanction its Nov. 7 bout featuring Fedor Emelianenko, according to sources close to the negotiations.
The bout, which will be nationally televised by CBS, would be held at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.
And per MMA Junkie:
"Thanks to [expletive] B.A. Baracus, I couldn't [expletive] pull it off," White said. "B.A. [expletive] me. The collateral damage that was done by him doing this thing was unbelievable."
But White said the loss of a counter-programming option is but one of the effects of Jackson's Hollywood aspirations.
With Jackson withdrawing from a planned December bout with opposing "The Ultimate Fighter 10: Heavyweights" coach Evans - a bout that was scheduled to take place in "Rampage's" hometown of Memphis, Tenn. - White was forced to schedule a B.J. Penn vs. Diego Sanchez bout in the main event of the as-yet-unannounced UFC 107 event."
And middleweight champ Anderson Silva won't be available either, per MMA Junkie:
"Contrary to whatever the hell [Silva] is saying, he's not 200 percent healthy," White said. "He's having some bone spurs removed from his elbow, which is a simple little procedure that happens, but you've got to have recovery time."