Fighting the world’s best heavyweight is a daunting task, especially when you’ve only had ten pro fights under your belt. Although Brett Rogers was handed his first professional loss to WAMMA champ Fedor Emelianenko on Saturday night, he’ll take it as a lesson learned to help launch his budding career.
“I learned that I just need to trust in my instincts a little bit more,” Rogers said at the Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers post-fight presser. “I definitely saw a lot of openings. I just didn’t take them.”
Rogers had done and said everything correctly prior to entering the cage, however once that door slammed behind him, the massive heavyweight appeared to be engulfed by the big stage pressures of headlining a CBS primetime broadcast against an opponent that has been perfect through his last 26 fights.
Make that 27.
“I was kind of giving him a little more respect,” a dejected Rogers said of his second-round TKO loss. “He was playing the game right. He was just real loose and I didn’t come out like I normally do. I come out aggressive and that next time I’ll come out strong, a lot more . . . I hurt myself by not performing the way I should have. I should have thrown my hands.”