Rogers Ready for Action

Written by Tom Ngo
April 9th, 2009


On Saturday, Brett Rogers will be stepping into the cage for the first time in over 10 months. The violent heavyweight has a lot of pent up anger that he would like to unload on Ron Humphries at Strikeforce’s “Shamrock vs. Diaz.” 

“Instead of dealing with it on the streets, how most people like to deal with it, I just hang on to it and use it towards training. And when the time comes, the sport is allowing me to unleash,” Rogers said of his stress reliever.

Rogers’ anxieties are not too different than most Americans in today’s economy. After sitting idly while his previous employer, ProElite, tried to work through their financial woes, Rogers realized that he needed to find new employment as he noticed his bank account was dwindling by the day.

He was forced to ask for his old job back as a tire installer for Sam’s Club. Ironically, after he started his MMA career with eight wins, he and his wife quit their jobs to focus on his career. Unfortunately, EliteXC wasn’t able to hold up their end of the bargain, and 10 months and a new employer later, Rogers is ready to get back to his “real” job.
“The way I see it, this dude is about to pay my bills,” Rogers said of Ron Humpries. “It’s been a long time, and I’m just going to have to take out a little aggression on him. He’s trying to make something of himself, and I’ve been in his shoes. I know what he’s thinking. I have to crush all that. Try that with somebody else. Bad timing.”

Although Rogers has been working with rubber during the day, he has also been pounding the mat at night. He feels that his skills have improved significantly from the last time fans saw him put Jon Murry to sleep at EliteXC: Primetime last May, and he is eager to show it.

“I don’t want to say quick, but I do want to show that I’ve been working other skills,” he said. “I’m gonna leave it up to the other guy. He’s going to have his chance to do what he needs to do. Otherwise, I’m gonna make up his mind for him, and do what I do: rush him, get in for the kill. With all that stuff that I was doing, I can only squeeze in so much time for the heavy, heavy conditioning, so I’m not gonna go in there and try and play around with him.”

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