UFC president Dana White today announced that Strikeforce heavyweight fighter Brett “The Grim” Rogers has been released from his Zuffa contract in the wake of being charged with multiple felonies for a domestic violence case in which he allegedly beat his wife.
Rogers, who admitted to drinking prior to the incident, told police that he punched his wife after she initiated violence.
According to MyFoxTwinCities.com, Tiuana Rogers “was reportedly strangled, punched repeatedly in the head and face and lost a tooth in the struggle.”
An excerpt of their report is below.
Brett Charles Rogers, 30, has been charged with assault in the third degree, domestic assault by strangulation and pattern of stalking conduct — all felonies — in Dakota County. He was also charged with endangerment of a child, a gross misdemeanor.
His wife blacked out from being choked, suffered a golf ball sized wound on her face among smaller wounds. The couples daughter had tried to intervene after she saw Rogers strike her mother.
According to the full criminal complaint, Rogers’ wife was found wandering with several injuries to her face, head and neck and repeatedly tried to explain to the officers that she was not assaulted, that she had fallen. Later, she explained that the assault was her fault.
Rogers’ two daughters also alleged that the heavyweight fighter had hit and choked them both over the last two years.
Rogers most recently appeared in action at Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum getting choked out himself in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix quarterfinals by Josh Barnett.