Brett Rogers

Quote of the Day: Rogers Maintains Innocence

Brett Rogers. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

“Mr. Rogers asserts his innocence in this matter, and is confident that the facts of what happened will vindicate his assertion of innocence. Mr. Rogers has never been charged with any domestic related incidents or assault offenses. He is a caring and loving husband and father that has recently found success as a heavyweight mixed martial arts fighter. We urge all media and interested individuals to withhold judgment as to what occurred during this incident.”

— Mohammad and Jaafar Mohammad, LLC, the legal team of former Strikeforce heavyweight contender Brett Rogers, have released the above statement regarding their client's recent arrest for stalking, third-degree assault, domestic assault by strangulation and endangerment of a child after a dispute with his wife last month.

Emelianenko-Rogers to Be Held in Chicago

Fedor Emelianenko. Photo courtesy of M-1 Global.

Strikeforce and M-1 Global announced today that longtime heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko’s U.S. network television debut against undefeated prospect Brett Rogers on November 7 will take place at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, located just outside of Chicago.

Tickets for the event will go on sale to the public on Monday, September 28 at 11 AM ET. A special pre-sale ticket purchase opportunity will take place for “Strikeforce Insider” e-newsletter subscribers beginning at 10:00 AM ET on Friday, September 27.

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Report: Fedor vs. Rogers Could Take Place on October 10 in New Jersey

Fedor Emelianenko. Photo courtesy of M-1 Global.

Longtime heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko’s Strikeforce debut could come sooner than expected. An advertised bout against heavy-handed striker Brett Rogers could be targeted for a yet-to-be-announced October 10 event in Newark, New Jersey.

Showtime Sports executive Chris DeBlasio confirmed the addition of the date to the network’s programming schedule with MMA Junkie but stopped short of confirming that the organization would definitely be holding an event that night.

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Fedor-Rogers Booked For Fall

Fedor Emelianenko. Photo courtesy of Affliction Entertainment.

Former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko will make his Strikeforce debut this fall in a heavyweight showdown with EliteXC veteran Brett “The Grimm” Rogers. No date or venue has been announced but the fight is expected to occur during the fall.

Last month, Emelianenko was slated to fight PRIDE veteran Josh Barnett at Affiction: Trilogy before the promotion ceased operations and canceled the card.

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Strikeforce: Lawler vs Shields Live Results

Jake Shields def. Robbie Lawler - Submission (Guillotine choke) Round 1 2:02
Brett Rogers def. Andrei Arlovski - KO Round 1 0:22
Nick Diaz def. Scott Smith - Submission (Rear naked choke) Round 3 1:41
Joe Riggs def. Phil Baroni - Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mike Whitehead def. Kevin Randleman - Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Untelevised: (results via Sherdog)
Jesse Finney def. Josh Baumgartner - Submission (Kimura) Round 1 1:55
Mike Kyle def. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante - TKO Round 2 4:05
Booker DeRousse def. James Wade - TKO Round 1 4:06
Tyron Woodley def. Sal Woods - Submission (Anaconda choke) Round 1 4:20
Lucas Lopes def. Scott Ventimiglia - DQ (Knee to the head of downed opponent) Round 1 3:26
Pat Benson def. Dave Cochran - Submission (Armbar) Round 1 2:18

Diaz Batters Shamrock in Strikeforce Debut

Nick Diaz. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Many former EliteXC fighters were victorious during Strikeforce’s first event of the year on Saturday night in San Jose, California, but none of those wins were more emphatic than the one brash UFC and PRIDE veteran Nick Diaz earned over longtime veteran Frank Shamrock.

A younger, faster, and more well-conditioned Diaz pummeled Shamrock on the feet and on the ground over the course of nine minutes in the featured attraction of Strikeforce’s “Shamrock vs. Diaz” show before finally putting “The Legend” away, possibly for good, at least in terms of the sport’s relevant stars.

“I give everything to Nick Diaz,” Shamrock graciously said after the fight. “I trained for him 100% and I didn’t take him lightly. I knew he was a dangerous opponent, but I stepped up. I always fight the best and I come to entertain, but Nick kicked my ass tonight. There’s no two ways about it. He beat me.”

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Quick Hits: Loughran Leaves UFC, Rogers to Fight in April & More

Nate Loughran. Photo courtesy of the Palace Fighting Championship.

Nate Loughran, a protege of former UFC middleweight title challenger David Terrell, has successfully requested his release from the Ultimate Fighting Championship after posting a 1-1 record in the promotion last year. According to his manager, Loughran plans to drop to the welterweight division from middleweight and fight in some smaller shows before likely returning to the UFC in the near future. [MMA Weekly]

Former EliteXC heavyweight standout Brett Rogers has reportedly been informed by Strikeforce officials that he may be part of the promotion’s April 11 event in San Jose, California. Rogers last competed at EliteXC’s “Primetime” event last May, where he scored a first-round knockout of Jon Murphy. [Five Ounces of Pain]

Longtime kickboxing standout Rick Roufus will reportedly take on former boxing heavyweight title challenger and undefeated mixed martial artist Jeremy Williams in the main of the World Cagefighting Alliance’s second-ever event on May 8 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. [Five Ounces of Pain]

Rogers Releases Statement on Shamrock-Slice

Brett Rogers. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

EliteXC heavyweight contender Brett Rogers, and his camp, Team Bison, have released an official statement concerning EliteXC’s decision to match up Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson against UFC Hall-of-Famer Ken Shamrock on the organization’s October 4 show on CBS.

Rogers was expected to be Slice’s opponent at the event after their altercation following Slice’s controversial win over James Thompson on May 31. At the post-fight press conference, Rogers slammed Slice’s performance, calling it “garbage”. Slice took exception and a near brawl would have occurred if it weren’t for cooler heads prevailing.

In the days and weeks leading up to Monday’s decision, Rogers was still said to be one of EliteXC’s choices to face Slice, along with Shamrock and former UFC and PRIDE standout Don Frye. In the end, EliteXC decided to go with Shamrock, relegating Rogers to a planned November 8th event on Showtime. The official statement from Rogers and his camp can be read at Five Ounces of Pain.

Back to the Future: Recap Edition

Takanori Gomi. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

Here’s a little recap of what we might have missed over the past few days or so…

Gomi, Trigg Win at Sengoku IV

Former PRIDE standouts Takanori Gomi and Frank Trigg were victorious in their respective bout Sunday morning at World Victory Road’s “Sengoku IV” event in Japan. Gomi earned a decision over Seung Pang Hwan while Trigg went all three rounds with Makoto Takimoto.

Former IFL lightweight champion Ryan Schultz was upset in the first round of World Victory Road’s inaugural lightweight grand prix, losing via knockout to Mizuto Hirota. Kazunori Yokota, Eiji Mitsuoka, Satoru Kitaoka all also moved on to the tournament’s next round.

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Kimbo’s Opponent Still Not Set

Kimbo Slice. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

EliteXC officials are reportedly still in talks to decide who heavyweight sensation Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson should fight in the main attraction of the organization’s latest edition of “Saturday Night Fights” on CBS, which will take place at the at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on October 4th.

The news comes from, who were informed by an EliteXC spokesperson that the promotion is preparing to announce Slice’s next opponent at some point over the next week or so. As of right now, there are apparently three different opponents on the table for Slice and at least two of them are well-known to mainstream fans.

Current rumors have the trio as being Ken Shamrock, Don Frye, or Brett Rogers. While Rogers was originally thought to be set in stone as Slice’s opponent following their post-fight press conference confrontation in May, it seems that EliteXC officials are looking to match Slice with another fighter that holds star power.

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