After getting arrested this past June for allegedly assaulting his wife, former Strikeforce heavyweight Brett Rogers is ready to resume his mixed martial arts career. On Friday’s edition of HDNet’s Inside MMA, Rogers announced he’ll meet veteran Eddie Sanchez at “Titan Fighting Championship 20” on September 23rd.
“Brett has made a lot of changes in recent months and it will be exciting to see how much of a difference they’ve made in Brett’s game,” said Titan Fighting Championship CEO Joe Kelly. “But Eddie Sanchez is not exactly the type of fight you want to walk into when you’re looking to make sure your comeback starts off the right way. This one has slugfest written all over it.”
The Apple Valley Minnesota Police Department were called to the Rogers home after a neighbor complained of hearing loud screams and breaking glass. According to the official police report, an onlooker saw Rogers punching his wife, Tiuana Rogers, in the face while she was on the ground. Another neighbor stated Rogers’ wife had blood flowing from her face and mouth.
The report said Rogers was striking her until she “blacked out.” She also had a “cauliflower ear look.”
Rogers was charged with assault in the third degree, domestic assault by strangulation, pattern of stalking conduct and endangerment of a child. All felonies.
The 265-pounder was immediately fired from Strikeforce by UFC president Dana White.
“I was told not to go into details [about the case],” Brett said while sitting beside his wife. “The papers can write whatever, but it’s more of a misunderstanding when I look at it. We’re still going through the legal process. [There has] never [been a history of violence between us]. Our records are clean. I’m confident things are going to be dropped and we can move forward.”
Tiuana states they have put their troubles behind them and are focused on staying positive. Brett’s attorney is convinced his client will not see any jail time when they stand before the judge on September 13th.
“The state is going to have some significant proof issues,” his lawyer expressed. “The alleged victim is Brett’s wife, and this is a family that has been together for a long time. They love each other, and Mrs. Rogers at this point, appears not to be willing to testify against Brett.”
“Titan Fighting Championship 20” takes place inside Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas. The heavyweights will headline the HDNet broadcast.