Tonight on HDNet's Inside MMA, Brett Rogers, the former Strikeforce heavyweight title challenger, announced that he will be making his return to the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) on Sept. 23, 2011 at Titan Fighting Championships 20 in Kansas City, Kansas against former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Eddie Sanchez.
Rogers' career has been a roller coaster of ups-and-downs. A one-time flipper of tires for Sam's Club, Rogers' whole life changed when he was signed by the now defunct Elite XC in 2006.
After his initial signing, Rogers went on an impressive streak, winning 10 fights in a row, each by way of (technical) knockout.
Things went downhill from there.The wheels started to come off for Rogers when he was brutally knocked out by Fedor Emelianenko in the second round of their bout at Strikeforce: "Fedor vs. Rogers" on Nov. 7, 2009.
On May 15, 2010, Rogers lost to Alistair Overeem, in a fight that made fans and critics start to question the legitimacy of Rogers' skills.
After a much needed (and far too close) win over Ruben Villareal on Oct. 23, 2010 at W-1 New Ground in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Rogers made his return to the Strikeforce hexagon seeking redemption.
Unfortunately for Rogers, all he found was himself underneath Josh Barnett, who was able to get him to tap to an arm triangle choke during their fight on June 18, 2011 at the Strikeforce: heavyweight grand prix semifinals.
Shortly after the loss, Rogers was arrested for alleged domestic violence. He was promptly cut from the Zuffa roster and publicly blasted by UFC President Dana White.
The case is still ongoing, but during an interview with Inside MMA, Rogers (who was joined by his wife) denied any wrongdoing, calling the whole thing "a big misunderstanding."
It will be interesting to see if the one time mechanic is able to fix his MMA career and get his life back in order.
Here's the video of Rogers' appearance on Inside MMA:
Are you Maniacs at all interested in seeing "The Grim" back in the cage? Can Rogers prove himself as being more than a one-dimensional striker?