For those of you that didn’t think heavyweight Brett Rogers is for real, the former tire repairman’s performance against Andrei Arlovski at Strikeforce’s “Lawler vs. Shields” event on Saturday proved he has officially arrived as a contender to Alistair Overeem’s title.
“Alistair, I was kind of aiming for him,” Rogers stated after disposing of the former UFC champion. “I was expecting [to have earned] the title [after this fight]. He’s still in my sight.”
Overeem and Rogers were initially slated to tangle on this card, however the champ was forced to pull out after sustaining a hand injury which resulted from an incident inside of a night club.
“I think his hand is going to be healed, and he should be ready to go,” Strikeforce executive Mike Afromowitz said of the possible heavyweight title clash on their August 15th card. “It’s definitely a possibility. It depends if Brett is ready. I know he said he was ready, but you never know. He seems ready now, but on Monday, you never know. He came out pretty unscathed (against Arlovski), but there’s always bumps and bruises.
“Once he gets back in the gym, maybe his [training partners] and trainers want to do something differently. We’ll have to wait and see. But if he’s ready and wants it, it’s probably his.”
What Rogers wants more than anything is the financial security that all the other top fighters in world, particularly in the heavyweight division, have the luxury of experiencing.
“Guys that are well-respected, they usually have a lot of money behind them,” stated the former Sam’s Club handyman. “I’m going after anyone that I can cash in on.”
With a prefect 10-0 record and now, an impressive 22 second knockout of a former UFC champion on his resume, it would be tough to deny that his time hasn’t come. And don’t believe for a second that Rogers isn’t aware of the opportunity that stares him directly in his grill.
“This sport is all about timing,” he said. “Now’s definitely my time. Hopefully [Overeem] is keeping it good and clean for me.”
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