Brian Rogers (fighter)

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Brian Rogers
Brian-rogers 250.jpg
Born (1984-02-15) February 15, 1984 (age 30)
Kent, Ohio
Other names The Professional Predator
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Middleweight
Fighting out of Independence, Ohio
Team Strong Style Fight Team
Rank Brown belt in Isshin-ryū Karate
Years active 2008–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 17
Wins 11
By knockout 9
By submission 1
By decision 1
Losses 6
By knockout 2
By decision 4
University Walsh University
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Brian Rogers (born February 15, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist who currently fights for Bellator Fighting Championships.

Background[edit]

Rogers was a 4-year letter winner and a 3-year starter as inside linebacker for the Walsh University Cavaliers between 2002 and 2005. He was named All-Conference by the Mid States Football Association twice and left Walsh University second all time in career tackles.[1]

Rogers works as an associate special education teacher for the Leap program in his hometown of Kent, Ohio.[2]

MMA career[edit]

Rogers started his professional MMA career at 1-2 with both losses coming by decision. He followed the slow start to his professional MMA career with 7 consecutive victories, all by first round KO/TKO which included wins in both his Strikeforce and Bellator debuts.[3]

Strikeforce[edit]

Rogers made his Strikeforce debut on March 5, 2011 at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson where he defeated Ian Rammel by TKO in the first round.[4]

Bellator Fighting Championships[edit]

On May 21, 2011 it was announced that Rogers will be taking part in the Bellator Season Five Middleweight Tournament which begins on September 17, 2011.[5] Rogers defeated Victor O'Donnell via TKO in the quarterfinal round at Bellator 50. In the semifinal round, Rogers lost to Alexander Shlemenko via TKO in the second round at Bellator 54.

On January 9, 2012 Rogers was announced as the first of eight participants in Bellator's Season 6 Middleweight Tournament. In the opening round, he faced Vitor Vianna on March 16, 2012 at Bellator 61 and won via KO in the first round. The knockout received incredible media and fan attention and has since had over 400,000 views on YouTube as one of Bellator's most popular videos in the promotion's short history.

Rogers was scheduled to face Bruno Santos in the semifinal round of the Middleweight Tournament at Bellator 66. However, on April 16, 2012, it was revealed that Santos had to withdraw due to a shoulder injury and was replaced by Bellator newcomer Andreas Spang.[6] After dominating most of the first two rounds, he was caught by a counter left hook which resulted in a KO loss.

In January 2013, Bellator announced Rogers as a competitor in the Season Eight Middleweight tournament. His Quarterfinal fight took place at Bellator 89 against Dan Cramer. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Rogers then participated in Bellator's Season Nine Middleweight tournament. The Quarterfinal bout took place on September 7, 2013 at Bellator 98 against Mikkel Parlo. Rogers lost via unanimous decision.[7]

Rogers was scheduled to face Gary Tapusoa on March 21, 2014 at Bellator 113, however, the bout was cancelled when Tapusoa could not meet the requirements to fight.[8] Rogers was set to face Johan Romming at Bellator 119 on May 9, 2014, however, the bout was cancelled when Romming pulled out due to undisclosed reasons.[9] Rogers faced Adrian Miles at Bellator 119 and won via flying knee KO in the second round.[10]

Rogers was expected to face James Irvin on September 19, 2014 at Bellator 125.[11] However, Irvin pulled out of the bout due to injury and was replaced with Brett Cooper.[12] Cooper then suffered a foot injury and pulled out of the bout, Rogers will now face promotional newcomer Rafael Carvalho.[13]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 11–6 Adrian Miles KO (flying knee) Bellator 119 May 9, 2014 2 1:29 Rama, Ontario, Canada
Loss 10–6 Mikkel Parlo Decision (unanimous) Bellator 98 September 7, 2013 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Bellator Season 9 Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Loss 10–5 Dan Cramer Decision (unanimous) Bellator 89 February 14, 2013 3 5:00 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States Bellator Season 8 Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Win 10–4 Dominique Steele Decision (unanimous) Bellator 78 October 26, 2012 3 5:00 Dayton, Ohio, United States
Loss 9–4 Andreas Spang KO (punch) Bellator 66 April 20, 2012 2 3:34 Cleveland, Ohio, United States Bellator Season 6 Middleweight Tournament Semifinal
Win 9–3 Vitor Vianna KO (flying knee) Bellator 61 March 16, 2012 1 4:14 Bossier City, Louisiana, United States Bellator Season 6 Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Loss 8–3 Alexander Shlemenko TKO (knees) Bellator 54 October 15, 2011 2 2:30 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Bellator Season 5 Middleweight Tournament Semifinal
Win 8–2 Victor O'Donnell TKO (head kick and punches) Bellator 50 September 17, 2011 1 1:56 Hollywood, Florida, United States Bellator Season 5 Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Win 7–2 Ian Rammel TKO (punches) Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson March 5, 2011 1 4:23 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Win 6–2 Robert Conner TKO (punches) BUCB: Pride and Glory January 15, 2011 1 3:07 Parma, Ohio, United States
Win 5–2 Marcus Reynolds TKO (punches) BUCB: Raging Bull October 23, 2010 1 1:32 Parma, Ohio, United States
Win 4–2 Jason Jones TKO (kick to the body and punch) NAAFS: Fight Night in the Flats 6 June 5, 2010 1 0:52 Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Win 3–2 Neal Craft TKO (punches) NAAFS: Caged Fury 10 March 27, 2010 1 2:21 Uhrichsville, Ohio, United States
Win 2–2 Dan Bolden KO (flying knee) NAAFS: North Coast Showdown 4 October 24, 2009 1 1:14 Toledo, Ohio, United States
Loss 1–2 Valter Roberto De Menezes Decision (unanimous) Shine Fights 1: Genesis May 9, 2009 3 5:00 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Win 1–1 Willie Smalls Submission (triangle choke) NAAFS: Rock N Rumble 2 August 23, 2008 1 2:34 Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Loss 0–1 Daniel Akinyemi Decision (unanimous) Iron Ring February 18, 2008 3 5:00 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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