A 1-4 record in his last five fights, and a past charge of domestic violence were not enough to keep Bellator from signing Brett Rogers to a contract, officials announced recently.
Rogers, who won his first 10 bouts, has lost to the likes of Josh Barnett, Fedor Emelianenko and Alistair Overeem since a win over Andrei Arlovski. He was also jailed for 60 days because of an incident with his family last year.
Rogers will debut at Bellator 72 against an opponent still to be determined by Bellator.
“I am incredibly thankful to Bjorn Rebney and Bellator for giving me and my family this opportunity,” Rogers said. “I feel that I am still one of the top heavyweights in the sport.”
Rogers was once a tire-service member at Wal-Mart before embarking on an immediate rise up the heavyweight rankings. However, it all came crashing down after the domestic violence charge, as Strikeforce released him. In his last fight, Rogers was defeated by Eddie Sanchez at Titan Fighting Championships 20.
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