A heavyweight mixed martial arts contest between undefeated prospects Brett "The Grim" Rogers (8-0) and Ron Humphries (5-0) has been inked for the main card portion of Shotime's Strikeforce: "Shamrock vs. Diaz" event at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California on April 11 according to Five Ounces of Pain.
The late addition will replace a scheduled welterweight scrap between the last reigning Elite XC 170-pound champion Jake Shields and UFC veteran Joe "Diesel" Riggs, which was scrapped last week to free Shields up for a blockbuster fight against "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler in May.
Rogers (6'5" 265 pounds) made a name for himself under the Elite XC banner by stopping three straight opponents (Ralph Kelly, James Thompson and Jon Murphy) with punches from November of 2007 through May of last year. However, he's probably best remembered for feuding with -- but never getting a chance to fight -- company poster boy Kimbo Slice.
For the majority of 2008, The Grim lobbied hard for a chance to face the infamous street fighter in the cage, but for whatever reason the promoters weren't in love with the match-up, leaving that fight (along with countless others) remaining in the "what if" category for the Elite XC matchmakers.
Now, nearly a year since last seeing action, Rogers will finally get his chance to do what he does best once again, which is knock people out. In fact, all eight of his career opponents have been stopped in the first round by the ridiculously hard-hitting Team Bison product.
Potential victim number nine will be Ron Humphries -- a contestant on BET's "Iron Ring" reality show last year -- who is basically a knockout artist himself. All five of his opponents have also tasted defeat in the first round from strikes.
He's a three-fight veteran of the International Sport Combat Federation and most recently dropped Nick Thomas on the promotion's "Bad Intentions" card in December.
It's pretty safe to say that this one probably won't last too long, but if it does, there's no telling what either of these guy's stamina will be like past the opening stanza. The smart money says someone's going to sleep early though.
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