Back in 2009, Brett Rogers was a fan favorite with a cool mohawk and a heartwarming backstory. When Josh Barnett was nixed from his Affliction fight with Fedor, fans everywhere (well, us hardcores) clamored for Brett to step in. From changing tires at Sam’s Club to fighting Fedor, what a Cinderella story! Then things deviated a bit from the fairy tale narrative, unless ‘happily ever after’ was code for Cinderella bashing the teeth out of Prince Charming’s head.
Since then, Brett has been in a bit of a fight purgatory. That seems to be coming to an end now with Bellator picking up the wayward heavyweight:
“I was in Chicago the night Brett Rogers came within just a few punches of dethroning The Last Emperor on a worldwide stage and I watched early in his career when he was a KO machine,” Bellator CEO & Chairman Bjorn Rebney said. “Brett’s management’s been talking to us for months about Brett. And, after talking to Brett at length, I think this could be the type of fresh start he needs to put his fighting career and other parts of his life back to where he hoped they would be.”
This of course has set off quite the firestorm across the MMA community. Should fighters with a history of punching women in the face be welcome back in the cage? Or is it just that we expect better from a company like Bellator? Maybe we need a league specifically for all the pieces of sh*t in MMA. Maybe that’s Bellator’s secret plan: a scumbag tournament! Brett Rogers can fight Frank Trigg in one bracket while Tommy Morrison and Jose Canseco duke it out in the other. Do it annually with the victor winning the Levens Cup. With such a rich pool of fighters floundering after their rape, sexual assault and molestation arrests, Bellator could really clean up.