A rumored heavyweight bought during Strikeforce’s April 11 event in San Jose, Calif. between Brett Rogers and Ron “Abongo” Humphrey has now been finalized, sources revealed to FiveOuncesOfPain.com on Thursday.
Five Ounces of Pain originally reported the matchup as having been formally added to the card last week, but Strikeforce V.P. of Communications Mike Afromowitz contacted us to refute the report. An official announcement from Strikeforce and Showtime regarding the matchup could announced shortly.
Sources have also confirmed that the heavyweight tilt between Rogers and Humphrey will be one of five matches featured during Showtime’s telecast of the event. The new matchup will replace the previously announced welterweight matchup between Joe Riggs and Jake Shields that was canceled after Shields was shifted to a main event matchup against Robbie Lawler during Strikeforce’s May event.
Outside of Iron Ring competition, which were not considered sanctioned bouts, Humphrey is 5-0, according to Sherdog.com’s fight finder. His last official bout was for the International Sport Combat Federation in December. Facing Nick Thomas, Humphrey recorded a TKO victory just 2:02 of round 1.
He will look to improve to 6-0 on April 11 against Rogers, one of many fighters caught in limbo after ProElite suspended operations last October. As a result of the shutdown, Rogers has not competed since recording a first round knockout over Jon Murphy on May 31 of last year.
The historic fight vs. Murphy served as the first-ever mixed martial arts fight to be televised live on prime-time network television as a part of CBS’ Saturday Night Fights franchise. The win improved Rogers’ official record to 8-0 including notable wins under the EliteXC banner against James Thompson and Ralph Kelly.
Rogers had been scheduled to compete on Nov. 8 vs. Paul Buentello during a planned EliteXC event in Reno, Nevada but the entire card was canceled follow ProElite’s decision to suspend operations. A proposed fight vs. Josh Barnett during Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” in January was never finalized after ProElite and Affliction became embattled in an argument over territorial issues such as who would own the television rights to the fight.