It came as a surprise when UFC president Dana White announced on June 30 that Strikeforce veteran Brett “The Grim” Rogers had been released by the promotion.
Rogers, who has a solid 11-3 MMA record, was arrested earlier on June 30, and subsequently charged with third degree assault, stalking, and domestic assault by strangulation. All three charges are felonies in the state of Minnesota, and Rogers was charged with a misdemeanor charge of child endangerment as well.
Allegedly, Rogers got into an altercation with his wife that led to things getting physical between the two. Bail was subsequently set at $100,000, and the MMA fighter is due back in court on July 1.
Regardless of how well MMA has done in the past few years, the sport is still fighting for the general population’s acceptance. MMA can definitely do without the negative publicity Rogers’ arrest will bring to the sport, and the details of the police report are definitely disturbing. When Officers approached Rogers’ wife, her face was apparently bloodied up, and she was missing a tooth.
Brett Rogers started his MMA career in the right direction, winning his first 10 fights rather convincingly. Rogers lost some momentum after that, losing three of his next four MMA fights in the Strikeforce promotion (to top level fighters).
Given the fact Zuffa is the most respected entity in MMA; Rogers will surely miss fighting under their banner. Rogers will have to settle for smaller shows or fighting overseas, a long way from headlining Strikeforce events.
I can’t say I blame Dana White for his decision; the image of a 260 pound MMA fighter pounding on a defenseless woman isn’t going to help his quest to legalize the sport in states like New York.