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By Sean Farrell

I’ve received some bad news from the MMA world today… Strikeforce heavyweight Brett Rogers is reportedly facing several charges after police responded to a domestic disturbance call on Wednesday. Minnesota news station WCCO filed a report that stated Rogers faces charges of stalking, third-degree assault, domestic assault by strangulation and endangerment of a child.

Rogers, who lives in the Minneapolis suburb of Apple Valley, is alleged to have engaged in an argument with his wife on Wednesday evening that turned violent. Rogers’ bail has reportedly been set at $100,000 with conditions. The fighter made his first court appearance on Thursday.

Rogers had his breakout in 2009 when he knocked out former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski in just 22 seconds. Since Rogers would fall, as he was knocked out by both Fedor Emelianenko and Alistair Overeem in Strikeforce. Rogers would rebound from the loss by outpointing journeyman Ruben Villareal last October, Rogers was most recently demolished by Josh Barnett on June 18 in the first round of Strikeforce’s heavyweight grand prix, there is no word on if the loss to Barnett played a role in his losing his temper.

I have more details regarding Brett Rogers’ arrest on Wednesday. As I previously reported, Strikeforce heavyweight Brett Rogers was arrested on third-degree-assault charges following an alleged altercation with his wife Wednesday in Apple Valley, Minn. Details have emerged and Rogers, who competed in the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix just two weeks ago, allegedly strangled and punched his wife after admitting to drinking earlier in the night.

In addition to the felony charge, he’s also been issued a misdemeanor charge of endangerment of a child. According to the reports, Rogers’ daughter tried to intervene during the alleged altercation, though Rogers told police his wife struck him first.

Rogers’ wife reportedly was “strangled, punched repeatedly in the head and face, and lost a tooth in the struggle.” Rogers’ bail was set at $100,000 and his next hearing is scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. CT.

This goes to show you not everyone can control students of their camps… Rogers’ trainer, Mike Reilly, said he’s had little communication with Rogers in recent weeks. “I have no comment about any of that stuff,” he said. “Pretty much I train people, and I worry about them when they’re actually working in the gym. So, I don’t have any control what they do outside of here, or any concern as far as what they do outside of here. So, I guess I have no comment about the situation. I don’t know anything about it.”

We can only wait to see what the law decides, hopefully some things are being exaggerated and another promising talent isn’t wasted.


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