Brett Rogers has gone from the cusp of super-stardom to fighting for his freedom in a short time.
Rogers, who once was a tire technician at Sam’s Club, was released by Strikeforce after being charged with domestic assault for allegedly harming his wife and children.
While “The Grim” currently has a deal to fight in Titan Fighting Championship on September 23 against Eddie Sanchez lined up, he hopes UFC President Dana White will reach out to him and patch things up in the near-future.
“I’m fighting for my family, to put food in the family. Every second I’m fighting, I’m thinking about my family and how I can better their lives,” Rogers said. “Everything got blown out of proportion. It’s over and done with. My attorney is taking care of business and making sure things are straight and that I’m home where I need to be so I can provide.”
Zuffa, which owns both the UFC and Strikeforce, wasted little time in releasing Rogers following the arrest.
“(The UFC) could have given me a little more respect. I got out of jail and tried calling them, but no one picked up the phone or returned my calls,” Rogers said. “I felt like people were just avoiding me, so I gave up. Dana White needs to man up and pick up a phone. UFC isn’t the only thing out there. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to fight out East in Asia. I’m hoping something like that can happen down the line. I’m going to keep my options open.”
Rogers was charged with assault in the third degree, domestic assault by strangulation and endangerment of a child. He says the media has mis-characterized him as a, “Big, scary black guy with a mohawk who fights in MMA.”
“Don’t believe everything you read. For me to do something (violent), you have to do something to me first.”
Rogers has appeared with his wife in an interview for HDNet, which will televise the Titan FC show.