On Thursday, former Strikeforce heavyweight Brett Rogers pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree assault stemming from his June 29th arrest for allegedly attacking his wife, Tiuana, at their home in Minnesota.
Rogers was initially charged with assault in the third-degree, domestic assault by strangulation, pattern of stalking conduct and endangerment of a child. All felonies. As part of his plea agreement, the other three charges were dismissed.
Rogers remains free on $100,000 bond and could still face jail time. However, attorney Murad Mohammed believes there is a very good chance his client won’t get locked up given his lack of a previous record and willingness to seek help.
He is due back in court on November 30th for sentencing.
“Overall, Brett and I are pleased with the outcome,” Mohammed told the Apple Valley Patch. “I think it’s important for everyone, especially Brett’s wife and family, to know that Brett has taken ownership for everything that’s happened. It’s an unfortunate situation for the family and the end result is Brett not having a felony conviction resulting in him returning to his family and continuing to fight.”
The Apple Valley Minnesota Police Department were called to the Rogers home earlier this summer after a neighbor complained of hearing loud screams and breaking glass. According to the official police report, an onlooker saw Rogers punching his wife in the face while she was on the ground.
Another neighbor stated Rogers’ wife had blood flowing from her face and mouth.
The 265-pounder was immediately fired from Strikeforce by UFC president Dana White.
The Rogers family has since worked out their issues. Tiuana stated earlier this month they have put their troubles behind them and are focused on staying positive.
“The Grim” will resume his mixed martial arts career September 23rd when he meets Eddie Sanchez at “Titan Fighting Championship 20.″