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Brett Rogers and Xavier Foupa-Pokam to fight at Abu Dhabi Warriors

March 26 will mark the second coming of World Freefight Challenge's offshoot promotion Abu Dhabi Warriors. The show will feature many familiar names, including former Strikeforce heavyweight Brett Rogers and UFC veteran Xavier Foupa-Pokam.

Esther Lin

The World Freefight Challenge (WFC) has yielded many of Europe's top MMA fighters over the past few years. Now, backed up by well-established partners, the promotion plans to take significant steps in the Middle-Eastern market with their spin-off series Abu Dhabi Warriors (ADW).

The first event in 2012 featured UFC veteran Travis Wiuff, vale-tudo legend Jose "Pele" Landi-Jons as well as many high-profile European talents. After a extended hiatus, ADW will be back on March 26 to showcase a fight between former Strikeforce heavyweight prospect Brett Rogers and gritty Russian knockout artist Alexei Kudin in the main event.

Rogers was unbeaten in 10 fights until Fedor Emelianenko broke his streak in 2009. After a couple more losses against the likes of Josh Barnett and Alistair Overeem in Strikeforce's heavyweight grand prix, coupled with the eventual buy out of the company by the UFC, Rogers was never offered a new contract. He has since struggled to put together more than two wins in a row in the independent circuit. Much like Rogers, Kudin is a hard-hitting, but technically limited puncher, so this matchup has knockout written all over it.

French kickboxing expert Xavier Foupa-Pokam will also fight on the second ADW card. "Professor X" had two UFC outings in 2009, but couldn't manage to edge out a win against Dennis Kang or Drew McFedries. Foupa-Pokam has spent most of his time on the Eastern-European scene lately and was able to win eight of his last ten fights. He will face 25-year old Moldavian prospect Pavel Doroftei, who trains and fights in England and is very dangerous with his submissions.

Fight card:

Abu Dhabi Warriors 2
March 26, 2015
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Brett Rogers vs. Alexei Kudin
Max Nunes vs. Alexander Dolotenko
Mateusz Teodorczuk vs. Ole Laursen
Vaso Bakocevic vs. Tamirlan Dadaev
Jimmy Wallhead vs. Rodrigo Ribeiro
Jesse Ronson vs. Gadji Zaipulaev
Svetlozar Savov vs. Ryuta Sakurai
Pavel Doroftei vs. Xavier Foupa-Pokam
Arbi Agujev vs. TBA

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