February 17, 1981 |
|Other names||Da Grim|
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight||265.8 lb (121 kg; 19 st 0 lb)|
|Reach||81.5 in (207 cm)|
|Style||Boxing, Muay Thai|
|Fighting out of||St. Paul, Minnesota|
|Team||American Top Team|
|Years active||2006–present (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Rogers was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in the south and west sides of the city, also living in the housing project Cabrini Green, a notoriously dangerous and gang-infested neighborhood. Rogers also grew up in this area during the crack cocaine epidemic, which made the neighborhood especially dangerous. He would often come to the aid of one of his younger brothers during street fights and, because of his imposing size, Rogers was often recruited to be in gangs, but turned down the offers. When he was twelve years old, Rogers moved to Minnesota with his grandmother. 
Rogers attended Harding High School in Saint Paul, Minnesota where he played football and basketball. Rogers then went on to attend a junior college and began practicing Tae Kwon Do during this time. Before becoming a professional fighter, he had a job changing tires in a garage. Rogers had fifteen "Tough Man" bouts before going into professional mixed martial arts.
Rogers began his MMA training with Team Bison in Bloomington, MN, in the garage of head trainer Mike Reilly. Currently, Rogers trains with "Ambition MMA" in a state-of-the-art training facility formed by Reilly and his partners in 2008. Rogers continues to train on a daily basis with Reilly.
Mixed martial arts career
In the EliteXC: Primetime post-fight press conference, Rogers called out internet sensation Kimbo Slice, stating that Kimbo's match with James Thompson was "garbage" and that Rogers believed Kimbo tapped to a guillotine choke in the first round. Kimbo Slice then stood up, telling Rogers, "That sounds like a challenge, big dog." Rogers then barked back, "It is. In the cage." EliteXC folded later that year, and a match between the two was never consummated.
In February 2009, Rogers signed with Strikeforce. On June 6, 2009, at Strikeforce: Lawler vs Shields, he defeated former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski by TKO after 22 seconds of the opening round. This victory launched Rogers to the top of the list of heavyweights in Strikeforce and he agreed to fight MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko on CBS in Fedor vs Rogers on November 7. In the second round Fedor hit Rogers with a hard overhand right that dropped Rogers to the ground and John McCarthy quickly stopped the bout, breaking Brett's undefeated record with a KO loss.
Rogers was scheduled to face Alistair Overeem on May 15, 2010 at Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery. After a great deal of discussions on whether or not the bout would be for Overeem's Strikeforce Heavyweight Championship, it was confirmed on March 29 that the title would indeed be on the line. On May 15, 2010, Rogers lost to Overeem via TKO (strikes) at 3:40 of round one, landing only one punch in the entire fight according to CompuStrike. Rogers picked up a win against Ruben Villareal by decision in the W-1 promotion. Brett Rogers was defeated via a one arm triangle choke submission by Josh Barnett on June 18, 2011 at Strikeforce: Dallas as part of an eight man heavyweight tournament.
Rogers was expected to fight Dave Keeley at M-1 Global - Korea on August 17, 2013. The fight didn't happen because the event was cancelled for unknown reasons.
Bellator Fighting Championships
On June 5, 2012 it was announced that Rogers had signed a deal with Bellator Fighting Championships. He made his debut on June 22, 2012 at Bellator 71 against Kevin Asplund and won the bout by TKO after Asplund's eye closed up between rounds, prompting the referee to stop the fight.
Rogers competed in the Bellator season seven heavyweight tournament and faced Alexander Volkov in the quarter finals at Bellator 75. Volkov dominated the fight by making the most of his reach advantage. Rogers lost via unanimous decision. It was later revealed that Rogers had broken his arm during the fight, leading to his poor performance.
After leaving Bellator, Rogers next fought at FEFoMP: Mayor Cup 2013 against Evgeny Erokhin on October 5. He won the fight by split decision.
His next fight was at Super Fighting Enterprise where he faced Alexandre Machado on November 30. He won by knockout to become the SFE Heavyweight Champion, the first championship of his career.
Championships and Accomplishments
- Super Fighting Enterprise
- SFE Heavyweight Championship (1 Time, Current)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|20 matches||14 wins||5 losses|
|Win||14–5 (1)||Alexandre Machado||KO (punches)||SFE II||November 30, 2013||1||0:20||Quito, Ecuador||Won SFE Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||13–5 (1)||Evgeny Erokhin||Decision (split)||FEFoMP: Mayor cup 2013||October 5, 2013||3||5:00||Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia|
|Loss||12–5 (1)||Alexander Volkov||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 75||October 5, 2012||3||5:00||Hammond, Indiana, United States||Bellator Season 7 Heavyweight Tournament Quarter Final|
|Win||12–4 (1)||Kevin Asplund||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Bellator 71||June 22, 2012||2||5:00||Chester, West Virginia, United States||Bellator Debut|
|NC||11–4 (1)||Todd Allee||NC (illegal blow to back of head)||IFL 45: My Bloody Valentine||February 18, 2012||1||1:18||Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Loss||11–4||Eddie Sanchez||Decision (split)||Titan Fighting Championships 20||September 23, 2011||3||5:00||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Loss||11–3||Josh Barnett||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum||June 18, 2011||2||1:17||Dallas, Texas, United States||Strikeforce 2011 Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Win||11–2||Ruben Villareal||Decision (unanimous)||W-1 MMA 6: New Ground||October 23, 2010||3||5:00||Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Loss||10–2||Alistair Overeem||TKO (punches)||Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery||May 15, 2010||1||3:40||St. Louis, Missouri, United States||For Strikeforce Heavyweight Championship|
|Loss||10–1||Fedor Emelianenko||KO (punch)||Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers||November 7, 2009||2||1:48||Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States|
|Win||10–0||Andrei Arlovski||TKO (punches)||Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields||June 6, 2009||1||0:22||St. Louis, Missouri, United States|
|Win||9–0||Abongo Humphrey||TKO (knees)||Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz||April 11, 2009||2||1:38||San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||8–0||Jon Murphy||KO (punch)||EliteXC: Primetime||May 31, 2008||1||1:01||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||7–0||James Thompson||KO (punches)||EliteXC: Street Certified||February 16, 2008||1||2:24||Sunrise, Florida, United States|
|Win||6–0||Ralph Kelly||Submission (punches)||EliteXC: Renegade||November 10, 2007||1||1:43||Corpus Christi, Texas, United States|
|Win||5–0||Josh Melichar||KO (punches)||EFX: Fury||February 1, 2007||1||0:12||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||4–0||Mark Racine||TKO (punches)||EFX: Fury||December 17, 2006||1||2:35||Minnesota, United States|
|Win||3–0||Brian Heden||KO (punches)||EFX: Fury||November 1, 2006||1||1:20||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||2–0||Chris Clark||TKO (punches)||EFX: Fury||May 3, 2006||1||0:37||Minnesota, United States|
|Win||1–0||Stan Strong||KO (punches)||UCS: Throwdown at the T-Bar||July 30, 2005||2||0:13||Ellsworth, Minnesota, United States|
- Brett Rogers: Brett The Grim Rogers Strikeforce Fighter Profile. Profighting-fans.com. Retrieved on 2011-07-01.
- Complaint vs. Brett Charles Rogers. District Court. State of Minnesota. June 30, 2011
- Chiappetta, Mike (2008-06-01). "Kimbo passes Primetime pressure test". nbcsports.com. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
- Savage, Greg (June 7, 2009). "Shields Submits Lawler; Rogers Stuns Arlovski". Sherdog. Retrieved 2009-08-26.
- Fowlkes, Ben (February 13, 2009). "Unlike EliteXC, Strikeforce has a business model for success". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2009-08-26.
- "Overeem-Rogers "will be title fight"". fightersonlymagazine.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
- "Overeem vs. Rogers, Arlovski vs. "Bigfoot" official for May 15 Strikeforce event in St. Louis". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-03-19.
- "Alistair Overeem's Strikeforce title on the line May 15 against Brett Rogers".
- "Overeem vs. Werdum Among Strikeforce Heavyweight Tournament Pairings". mmafighting.com. January 4, 2011.
- "Former Strikeforce heavyweight Brett Rogers makes MMA comeback at Titan Fighting Championships 20". MMAmania.com. September 3, 2011.
- http://www.bellator.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=205564428&DB_OEM_ID=23600 Eight Heavyweights Invade Horseshoe Casino Hammond at Bellator 75 on October 5
- "Bizarre groin foul finish puts Thiago Santos past Eric Prindle at Bellator 75". sherdog.com. October 5, 2012.