Former Strikeforce and current Titan Fighting Championship heavyweight fighter Brett Rogers was arrested earlier today (Mon., Oct. 24, 2011) in Apple Valley, Minn., for reportedly violating terms of his pre-sentencing release.
In June, Rogers was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife, Tiuana, who reportedly suffered injuries to her face, ear, neck and back. In an interview with HDNet's "Inside MMA," both Rogers and his wife refuted the charges, calling the whole thing "a misunderstanding."
Rogers pleaded guilty in September to felony third-degree assault after the June incident.
Shortly thereafter, a warrant for Rogers' arrest was issued after he failed to comply with conditions of his pre-sentence release. "The Grim" was then arrested early this morning by Dakota County police officers for the violation, which is currently undisclosed.Rogers was once viewed as the epitome of a "feel good story" in the mixed martial arts (MMA) world. The one-time Sam's Club tire flipper seemed to come out of nowhere when he debuted with Strikeforce in April 2009.
But then after losing three fights in a row under the Strikeforce banner earlier this year, Rogers was cut by the organization and transitioned to Titan Fighting Championships, a regional promotion based out of Kansas City, Kansas. In his first fight with the promotion, Rogers lost what looked to be a very uninspired split decision to former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight Eddie Sanchez at Titan Fighting Championships 20.
Rogers will ultimately face sentencing on his plea deal on Nov. 30, 2011. He could face a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of $10,000.
MMAmania.com will have more on the situation as it develops.