The once 10-0 Strikeforce stand-out, Brett ‘The Grim’ Rogers (11-4 MMA, 0-0 Bellator) had been considered in 2009 to be a top 10 contender in the heavyweight rankings. Unfortunately, a match against the then pound for pound top heavyweight, Fedor Emelianenko proved to be his undoing. Since Nov. of 2009, Rogers has gone 1-4, including a highly publicized cut from the Zuffa brass, after an arrest for 3rd degree domestic violence and child endangerment.

Rogers, now looking to mend his career, will be making his debut in the developing Bellator tournaments.

“I am incredibly thankful to Bjorn Rebney and Bellator for giving me and my family this opportunity,” said Rogers. “I feel that I am still one of the top heavyweights in the sport and now I have the opportunity to prove it with Bellator. I love the tournament format as it will give me the chance to regain my top position, of course with a lot hard work.”

“Over the past year I have been challenged in my personal life, but all is now good in the Rogers family,” Rogers said. “Everyone makes mistakes in life but it’s how you recover that really counts. I spend every day with my wife and kids and enjoy every minute of it. Fighting is my job and I love it, but I also love my family and that’s why I made things right before returning to the cage. All I can say is get ready for a new and improved Brett Rogers.”

Bellator CEO, Bjorn Rebney would like to offer Rogers a chance at a fresh start. Rebney reminds us that this is a man that came close to being the first to ever stop the then invincible Emelianenko.

“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.”