Former Strikeforce heavyweight Brett Rogers was sentenced to spend the next two months behind bars after pleading guilty to third-degree assault charges stemming from an incident in June where Rogers attacked his wife in front of their children, ultimately breaking her jaw and knockout out a tooth. He was also put on probation for three years where he is not permitted to use drugs/alcohol.
However, the 30-year old had 26 days removed based on “time served” and is only expected to serve two-thirds of the remaining days meaning in the end he’ll be back on the streets after about two weeks behind bars.
Rogers offered a half-hearted apology prior to the judge’s sentence, saying, “It was just one of those nights, you know,” to which the presiding official replied by reprimanding him for minimalizing the event.
As part of the ruling Rogers will not be allowed to contact his wife until he completes a domestic abuse program and receives his probation officer’s approval.
“Da Grim” was once viewed as one of the brightest prospects at heavyweight after compiling a 10-0 record to start off his career. However, he has lost four of his last five fights including a recent Split Decision defeat to Eddie Sanchez at Titan FC 20. During the highest point of his career Rogers picked up victories against James Thompson and Andrei Arlovski.
MMATraining Take: The real tragedy in this situation is not Rogers’ wasted talent or sentence but rather the fact his wife has been so adamant about getting back together with him. She was even at the sentencing today and urged the judge to let them have contact with each other, claiming it would make her life better. MMA aside, I genuinely feel for the children in the situation as they’re not only being forced into a terrible situation by bad parenting but are growing up around abuse meaning they’re more likely to put themselves in a similar circumstances as adults.