September 23, 2009

by Steven Marrocco – MMAWeekly.com
The Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. will host the CBS network debut of Strikeforce: Emelianenko vs. Rogers.

Strikeforce Director of Communications Mike Afromowitz on Wednesday afternoon confirmed the news to MMAWeekly.com. The CBS telecast will air between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. E.S.T.

“We just got approved,” he said.

The suburban Chicago venue was rumored to be in the running for the event as early as last Thursday, however, the promotion was waiting on approval from the Illinois State Athletic Commission.

The primetime slot marks the Strikeforce debut of consensus top heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko as he takes on up-and-comer Brett Rogers, who took the spotlight after a 22-second knockout of former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski in June.

Jake Shields and Jason “Mayhem” Miller will also square off for the newly vacated middleweight title.

Other scheduled participants include newly minted light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi and women’s 145lb. title-holder Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, who face opponents to be determined.

Tickets for the event go on sale Monday, Sept. 23 at Ticketmaster.com, Strikeforce.com, and the Sears Centre box office.