And now the hammer has come down.
Rogers was sentenced today to 60 days in jail, along with three years of probation that carries a few conditions. TwinCities.com has it:
A heavyweight mixed martial artist was sentenced today to 60 days in jail for beating his wife in June at their Apple Valley home in front of their children and a neighbor.
Brett "Da Grim" Rogers, 30, of Apple Valley, pleaded guilty to felony third-degree assault in Dakota County District Court. Two felonies of domestic assault by strangulation and stalking were dismissed, as well as a gross misdemeanor charge of endangering a child.
This morning, District Judge Karen Asphaug also ordered Rogers to three years probation with several conditions, including having no contact with his wife until he completes a domestic abuse program and his probation officer approves the contact. Rogers also cannot use alcohol and drugs.
The report goes on to note that Rogers already has credit for 26 days served and after serving over half his sentence, he has about 14 days remaining.
After the incident, both Rogers and his wife, Tiuana, proclaimed the whole thing was simply a misunderstanding and he was innocent of all charges. Still, he pleaded guilty and now he'll go through a domestic abuse program to prevent any further "misunderstandings."
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 plans on fighting this upcoming Dec. 31. As a condition of the order, he can travel for work but will not be able to postpone his jail sentence until after the fight, as he originally wanted to.