heavyweight contender Brett
Rogers released a statement this week proclaiming his innocence
after being arrested on felony charges last month.
The fighter was taken into custody after police responded to a
domestic disturbance call at his home in the Minneapolis suburb of
Apple Valley, Minn., on the evening of June 30. Rogers was
reportedly charged with stalking, third-degree assault, domestic
assault by strangulation and endangerment of a child. He was
released from his Strikeforce contract shortly after his
The fighter's legal representation at Mohammad and Jaafar Mohammad,
LLC, released this statement on July 11 regarding Rogers'
“Mr. Rogers asserts his innocence in this matter, and is confident
that the facts of what happened will vindicate his assertion of
innocence,” the statement read.
“Mr. Rogers has never been charged with any domestic related
incidents or assault offenses. He is a caring and loving husband
and father that has recently found success as a heavyweight mixed
martial arts fighter. We urge all media and interested individuals
to withhold judgment as to what occurred during this incident.”
Inside the cage, Rogers rose to prominence in 2009 when he knocked
UFC heavyweight champion Andrei
Arlovski in his sophomore Strikeforce effort. This would prove
to be the 30-year-old's most impressive performance to-date, as his
perfect pro record came to a screeching halt in his next fight.
“The Grim” was knocked out by both Fedor
Emelianenko and Alistair
Overeem in Strikeforce competition before notching a decision
win at a W-1 event over journeyman Ruben
Villareal this past October.
Rogers' most recent effort came in the first round of the
Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix on June 18, where he was
dominated by Josh Barnett.
The onetime UFC champ took Rogers down on multiple occasions,
mounting and eventually finishing the Minnesotan with a second
round arm-triangle choke.