Fedor Emelianenko’s second-round technical knockout over previously undefeated Brett Rogers at Strikeforce/M-1 Global “Fedor vs. Rogers” on Nov. 7 was viewed by over 25 million people worldwide, according to a press release sent out by M-1 Global on Monday.
M-1 Global co-promoted the event with Strikeforce and negotiated its foreign broadcasting deals outside of the U.S. M-1 Global also manages Emelianenko.
“The main event of Fedor vs. Rogers reached an impressive 5.46 million viewers in the United States on the CBS Network,” said the release. “The fight was also broadcast in Fedor’s native Russia by ‘Channel 1,’ Russia's largest television network, and reached 16 million viewers in Fedor’s home country. In addition, ‘Fedor vs. Rogers’ was broadcast to millions of viewers in Korea on SBS, one of the three major national South Korean networks, as well as television networks in China, Latin America, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Ukraine, Finland, Africa, Turkey, Israel, Indonesia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Malta. Live internet streams of the ‘Fedor vs. Rogers’ bout generated ground-breaking viewer numbers in Japan and all over the world and these numbers continue to grow through Video on Demand.”
In Russia, Emelianenko’s bout was broadcasted on a four-hour delay at 12:00 p.m. by the free, government-run channel, which reaches approximately 120 million homes.