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Bellator signs former heavyweight contender Brett Rogers

Bellator has received a lot of criticism regarding the talent and depth in their heavyweight division and now appears to be trying to do something about it as the fight promotion has signed Brett Rogers. Rogers will debut on June 22 against an unnamed opponent at Bellator 72 in Chester, West Virginia.

After winning his first ten fights, including a  knockout victory over Andrei Arlovski, Rogers ran into trouble inside the cage and outside of it. He was charged with domestic violence stemming from an incident where his wife was found bloody/beaten before being released by Strikeforce. The one-time Sam’s tire repairer is also just 1-4 in his last five fights including losses to Fedor Emelianenko, Josh Barnett and Alistair Overeem.

“I am incredibly thanks to (Bellator CEO) Bjorn Rebney and Bellator for giving me and my family this opportunity,” Rogers said. “I feel that I am still one of the top heavyweights in the sport, and now i have the opportunity to prove it with Bellator.”

Rogers fought in February to a No Contest after an illegal blow to the back of his opponent’s head was said to have resulted in the subsequent stoppage.