It doesn’t happen often, but Brett Rogers has stumbled upon a heavyweight title fight despite coming off the first loss in his young career. The former tire repairman will be a 2-to-1 underdog when he enters the cage tonight against Alistair Overeem at “Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery.”
“I’ve been wanting this fight since [last] May, before the [Andrei] Arlovski fight,” Rogers told MMAFighting.com. “I’ve been calling (Overeem) out and he’s been back-and-forth with words online, but he never showed up. There’s always been some excuse.”
Much has been made of Overeem’s immediate exit from the U.S. after capturing the Strikeforce heavyweight title back in November 2007. Not only has he not been back to defend his crown, he turned into The Incredible Hulk during the process, which has many questioning the legitimacy behind achieving that kind of natural growth in such a short period of time.
“I’m a big guy myself, but I know I’m not going to blow up that much in that short amount of time,” Rogers told Sherdog.com. “It’s questionable to me.”
Outside of his overly-chiseled physique, Rogers has openly expressed his irritation with Overeem for holding up the division by not defending his title. Oh yeah, his stinky attitude doesn’t help matters either.
“He’s one of those cocky, arrogant dudes that thinks he’s a God because of his appearance. I’m pretty sure if it wasn’t for his “Eastern Diet” his appearance wouldn’t look the same,” Rogers told Ariel Helwani.
“It is what it is. I’m a natural [and] a natural-hearted strong person and we’re gonna see who wins. The key to beating him is outworking him – get him gassed, embarrass him and knock him out.”
Rogers stakes claim to a 10-1 professional record and has finished in all of his wins. Unfortunately, Rogers attempted the highly ineffective face-to-fist defense against Fedor Emelianenko in his last bout and wound up paying dearly for it.
The rivals collide tonight inside the Scottrade Center in St Louis, Missouri. The Showtime broadcast kicks off at 10PM ET/PT.