5 Oz. Exclusive: Brett Rogers and his camp release explosive new statement regarding EliteXC’s decision to promote Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock

With EliteXC’s recent public announcement that it had decided on Ken Shamrock as the next opponent for Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson during its next installment of “Saturday Night Fights” on CBS on Oct. 4, it has once again left Brett Rogers and his unblemished 8-0 record on the outside looking in.

Securing a match against Slice has been a tremendous source of frustration for the massive heavyweight, who has compiled a 3-0 record while competing under the EliteXC banner. His angst was never more apparent than during the post-fight press conference that proceeded EliteXC and CBS’ first-ever network primetime telecast on May 31.

During the presser, Rogers offered a negative critique of the effort Slice had turned in during the night’s main event against James Thompson. Rogers went so far as to label the effort as “garbage” with Slice sitting just several feet away from him. Slice eventually took exception to Rogers’ words and stood to face him.

Unwilling to back down from Slice, a near brawl between the camps of both fighters almost ensued.
The post-fight drama was a manifestation of Rogers’ dissatisfaction with the fact that Thompson had been awarded the coveted main event slot vs. Slice in spite of the fact that Rogers had recorded a first round knockout over him just months earlier during EliteXC’s “Street Certified.” Cooler heads prevailed but the frustrations linger to this day.

With Rogers once again being passed over, many reporters have attempted to contact Rogers through his Team Bison camp. While Rogers is expected to start granting interviews soon, his manager and Team Bison head trainer, Mike Reilly, has released an exclusive statement to FiveOuncesOfPain.com that states for the record how Rogers and his camp feels about the recent decision to grant Shamrock the main event slot vs. Slice.

A copy of the explosive statement that was released to us is now available below:

On behalf of Brett Rogers and the Team Bison Camp -

We are getting a lot of requests for interviews concerning the recently announced Shamrock vs. Slice match up. I believe many people are looking for us to be upset and join the pig pile on EliteXC. Well, people have to keep on looking.

Brett has two words tattooed on his arms: one is success and the other is patience. We of course would like to fight Kimbo here and now. We would like to fight him today. We would love to fight a legend like Shamrock as well. We would also like to fight for the title. There is no doubt we will get to do all three; we just need to have patience and then we will have success.

As for Elite – this is our home. We are excited to be part of Elite, CBS and Showtime. We are proud to be part of one of fastest-growing and best backed promotions in the world. We are proud to be part of a show that treats their fighters with love and respect and is not afraid to let their fighters compete outside the boundaries. Elite is also not afraid to give fighters the opportunity to develop and grow as athletes and entertainers. Elite has a growing network of mid-level and developmental shows that are bringing up true up-and-coming talent that will provide the bedrock of the sport for a long time to come.

I know a lot of people want to dog on Elite; but these same people would have an MMA world where no more then a dozen guys were making a living wage. People who think the real world should run just like it does on their PlayStation. But this is a complicated, difficult business for every side of the equation. For the fighters, promoters and everyone else involved. As a camp we have to negotiate, posture, bully, push, plead to get our share of the love. But at the end of the day we are Elite.

As for Oct 4th; that was our spot. Shamrock with his name and giant ego butted in line to get a slice of Kevin. At 103 years of age Ken usurped our rightful place against the YouTube champ. Our sincerest hope is that Ken whips Kimbo and then we can finally euthanize the “World’s Most Dangerous Man” and relegate him to some MMA dinosaur exhibit. Maybe taxidermy him and Severn and place them on a rotating pedestal where they can endless circle each other.

If Ken proves to be more sham then rock and Fergi beats him, then the Slice hype grows even greater. Dude is already more myth then Sasquatch, Chupacabra and a fucking unicorn combined. Kevin is the black Yeti.

Caught between a Shamrock and a hard place, Kevin has chosen the old over the new; the past over the future. But Fergi… the hard place is coming. By putting us off, making us wait will only make matters worse. There is nothing business about it anymore. Kimbo made it a point to go frontin’ to our boys at Big Black. But that street thug B.S. might work well with the fan bois and the Internet dorks who think your street cred means something; but Son… Brett comes from Cabrini Green; the worst 12 blocks of America. Compared to that your street is Sesame Street. So you can say it is very personal between Brett and Fergi. So go ahead and make us wait while you fight Tank and Shamrock. Hell, why not fight Hackney, Harold Howard, Fred Ettish and the rest of Jurassic MMA? And while your shuckin’ and duckin’ we will be hustlin’ and muscilin’ and when the bell finally tolls the only real question left is … do you wake up looking at canvas or arena lights?

On behalf of Brett Rogers – Team Bison

35 COMMENTS
  • A.Y. says:

    ” Our sincerest hope is that Ken whips Kimbo and then we can finally euthanize the “World’s Most Dangerous Man” and relegate him to some MMA dinosaur exhibit. Maybe taxidermy him and Severn and place them on a rotating pedestal where they can endless circle each other.
    (…)Dude is already more myth then Sasquatch, Chupacabra and a fucking unicorn combined. Kevin is the black Yeti.”

    Easily the funniest things I’ve read in weeks…

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  • brad says:

    I really like this response to K FERG….
    by the way
    KJ This is how a manager takes care of his fighters

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  • anthony says:

    Kimbo is a bum and I can not wait until Rogers knocks him out so the circus is over with once and for all.

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  • Jason S says:

    I love it! Rogers team is taking everything in stride and I can’t wait to hear the replies from Kimbo and Ken’s camps! This is the type of exclusives I love seeing on this site.

    Thanks Sam!

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  • finkrod says:

    Man, things really changed gears toward the end there, huh? That’s good stuff, I especially liked the “black Yeti” comment. Now if he’d only stop puffing his hair up like that. When he’s looking straight into the camera he looks like Bert from ‘Sesame Street’

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  • jaydog says:

    Someone had a lot of fun writing that letter from Rogers’ camp. Doesn’t sound like Brett “I does work. I mean, I dews work” Rogers’ writing style to me. But, no matter. Hilarious stuff.

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  • Venom says:

    Seems like EXC is trying to get these two to meet on PPV or a BIG TV event next year sometime. I think it’s a good business move. When these two finally meet in the cage, most of the MMA world will actually want to see it.
    I see a PPV with Kimbo/Rogers and Carano/Cyborg as the co-main events. Might be worth $30. I’d buy it! (Of course, I’m an MMA whore, so I buy it all!) :-)

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  • Nak Muay says:

    “Kevin is the black Yeti.”

    I don’t care who wrote that statement, but I’m just going to pretend now and forever it was Rogers. He’s my new favorite fighter.

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  • Zach says:

    this does not seem like something written by Rogers’ team for real, seems like someone pretending, no way a fighter’s official statement is this rediculous and longwinded. Seems more like an internet fanboys message on a yahoo sports blog comments page.

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  • Waka says:

    This is indeed quite rediculous. An historic event!

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  • S. Harris says:

    OK…EliteXc has a fighter in Brett Rodgers who is 8-0 and wants his shot, but the promoters are gonna give the Main Event to ‘Kimbo vs the White Guy’ – The White guy has lots of experience and will be training hard for this opportunity to retrun to glory on National TV while the 8-0 fighter has to come out and accuse the promoters of avoiding him and calling the ‘Star’ a joke and now release silly press releases for more media attention….it’s the MMA version of the Great White Hype….

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  • Sam Caplan says:

    Zach, you are incorrect. I spoke to Mike Reilly personally before he e-mailed me the statement.

    Did Brett write it? No. But the letter and my text that I wrote that preceded it clearly states it’s a statement from his camp.

    As Brett’s manager, Reilly is clearly qualified to speak on his behalf. He was also right behind Brett and ready to jump in when the melee between the Rogers and Kimbo camps nearly broke out on 5/31.

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  • GirlyGirl says:

    Longwinded, maybe. But that was damn well written and funny to boot.

    I was at that press conference when Kimbo and Rogers had their moment – and there was a lot of tension in that room. It’ll be a good fight once it happens.

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  • RDukes says:

    Good understanding of the business situation in the beginning…and just plain funny from the mid-point on. And, I learned that Rogers is from Chicago…even more reason to root for him.

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  • dsid says:

    Gotta love Rogers’ camp for putting that statement out there. That’s just freakin’ hilarious (and also right about so, so many things).

    Bring back Fred Ettish, Kimbo! You can take him!

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  • Jesse says:

    Sam, this is awesome stuff. Way to get the inside scoop. Love it when camps release statements like this. great fodder for the fight to be.

    On a side note, sorry to hear about andria man! Hang in there.

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  • vxbpoison says:

    those are fighting words.

    Thanks for posting this, that stuff is classic. Can’t wait for this fight to happen

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  • Joey says:

    Rogers is a hypocritical idiot. Kimbo is fighting cans and is garbage and can’t fight for nothing and he (Rogers) is the real deal. Why then, every chance he gets does he try to secure a fight with Kimbo? Shouldn’t he be trying to fight legit heavyweights instead of Kimbo the can? Come on, Brett, get serious. Also, Kimbo comes out and tries to prove his street cred and how thuggish he is? But releasing a statement saying your cabrini and from teh toughest 12 blocks in the country?

    You are doing all this to try secure a fight with Kimbo for the payday and for the publicity. And your completely hypocritical in all your statements. So deal with the fact that Kimbo/Shamrock and Kimbo/Tank and whatever else were bigger draws then you and deal with it.

    You want to fight Kimbo fine, but don’t call him a joke and say you want to fight him when you give him shit for fighting jokes. BAKA

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  • shaggy says:

    The only way the match between Brett and kimbo keeps its fire is if kimbo beats Ken. And that my friends is not going to be as easy as everyone says. I do not like ken but he has the ability to win kimbo if he comes prepared poperly. And I understand that elite is nickle and diming Kimbo so he wont lose and the hype will continue.

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  • Nick Travaglini says:

    This is just flat out awesome! I loved it! Brett is turning out to be quite entertaining.

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  • JJ Docker says:

    “As for Oct 4th; that was our spot. Shamrock with his name and giant ego butted in line to get a slice of Kevin. At 103 years of age Ken usurped our rightful place against the YouTube champ. Our sincerest hope is that Ken whips Kimbo and then we can finally euthanize the “World’s Most Dangerous Man” and relegate him to some MMA dinosaur exhibit. Maybe taxidermy him and Severn and place them on a rotating pedestal where they can endless circle each other.”

    That is some funny shit right there.

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  • Awesome. Can’t wait till these guys eventually have their “who is more ghetto” fight on CBS. Will be great for the sport.

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  • 209 says:

    Rogers will beat Fergi’s ass (can you knock out a guy w/ 12″ of padding on his chin though?). The hype will be over then. That is why XC has not given him a shot. They will lose their super hero. It’s like killing Batman … then you have no Robin, No Penguin…. no Joker. In my heart I feel that Elite XC execs believe they can NOT let Fergie or Gina lose…. or they will lose their fan base. Gina is hot but I am a fan of neither. I am sure their are a few who feel the same way.

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  • [...] In a prepared statement that was issued to Five Oz. from Rogers’ camp, Rogers and Team Bison go on the record to let everyone know exactly they feel about the decision. They start the statement out with immediately laying rest to any claims that they have a problem with EliteXC. In fact, they are very happy with the struggling promotion. After that though, all bets are off. As for Oct 4th; that was our spot. Shamrock with his name and giant ego butted in line to get a slice of Kevin. At 103 years of age Ken usurped our rightful place against the YouTube champ. Our sincerest hope is that Ken whips Kimbo and then we can finally euthanize the “World’s Most Dangerous Man” and relegate him to some MMA dinosaur exhibit. Maybe taxidermy him and Severn and place them on a rotating pedestal where they can endless circle each other. [...]

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  • Cathedron says:

    Damn! That was some of the best trash talk I’ve ever heard.

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  • [...] has got the world’s largest shaft over and over from EliteXC, his team has just released a remarkably even handed statement saying they’re happy to be with EliteXC and they understand the business reasons behind the [...]

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  • [...] recent announcement of Ken Shamrock as Kimbo Slice’s opponent on October 4 via FiveOuncesOfPain.com. Several people, including Rogers, believed that he would get the next crack at the “YouTube [...]

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  • warcry says:

    What a classic rant. This strikes a cord to my old pro wrestling side of me. When that fight finally comes off it will be so brutal.

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  • Mark McManus says:

    Who does Rodgers think he is coming out with garbage like that. What has he ever done for MMA, In 20 years time people will still remember Ken Shamrock for the LEGEND that he is but will they remember or be talking about Rodgers, I dont think so. He would have trouble beating Dan Severn and I hope Dan reads his statement and comes out and whoops his ass.

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  • B-Diddy says:

    After reading this I keep replaying the near brawl that happened last time and the one guy in Kimbo’s camp who kept saying “You’re a hater Rogers”

    :D

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  • [...] Wednesday afternoon that the camp for EliteXC heavyweight Kimbo Slice was looking to respond to an exclusive statement issued to us by the camp of Brett Rogers earlier in the [...]

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  • Frank Wallace says:

    Great piece of colorful writing.It read like poetry to me. The street talk mixed with figures of speech especially metaphors and puns were really clever. I would like to hear more from whoever wrote that piece. He spits like an intellectual thug ala NAS.Keep it coming team bison.

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  • BlackbeltLT says:

    Hater or not. I think Kimbo’s camp and Elite XC is trying to prevent this fight for as long as possible. Kimbo is improving, but I don’t think he is at the same level as Brett Rogers. I also think that if Ken Shamrock can’t beat Kimbo it is time for him to retire.

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  • Jackyl says:

    I laughed out loud reading some of this. Great stuff. CABRINI GREEN BABY!!

    BRETT ROGERS VS CANDYMAN!!!!!

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  • [...] first time we posted a statement from the camp of Brett Rogers it got us kicked off of our server. Well, FiveOuncesOfPain.com was contacted again by Mike Reilly, [...]

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