heavyweight title contender Brett
Rogers has been sentenced to 60 days in jail after pleading
guilty to a felony count of third degree assault, according to a
report from the St.
Paul Pioneer Press published on TwinCities.com.
A resident of the Minneapolis suburb of Apple Valley, Rogers was
sentenced Wednesday in Dakota County District Court by District
Judge Karen Asphaug. According to the Pioneer Press report, Rogers,
30, had two felony counts of domestic assault and stalking dropped
after making his guilty plea. A gross misdemeanor charge of child
endangerment was also dismissed.
Rogers was arrested on June 30 after an incident at his home during
which he allegedly struck and strangled his wife. The fighter has
already served 26 days in jail, which will be credited toward his
60-day sentence. According to the report, Rogers is expected to
serve at least two thirds of the 60 days, meaning he will likely
spend at least 14 more days in jail. Rogers was immediately
released by Strikeforce following his June arrest.
Rogers was also sentenced to three years probation, according to
the report, which also stated that the fighter may have no contact
with his wife until he completes a domestic abuse program and a
probation officer approves the contact. Rogers also reportedly
cannot use alcohol or drugs as a condition of his probation.
Though the report asserts that Rogers will be allowed to travel for
work -- “The Grim” reportedly has a fight booked for Dec. 31 -- his
request to postpone his sentence to allow time for training was
After beginning his career a perfect 10-0, Rogers has lost four of
his last five. Following a knockout victory over former UFC
Arlovski in June 2009, “Da Grim” was finished by Fedor
Emelianenko and Alistair
Overeem over the course of the next year. Though the former
EliteXC talent posted a unanimous decision win over journeyman
Villareal to close out 2010, he has yet earn a win in 2011,
falling to Josh Barnett
Sanchez in June and September, respectively.