Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney understands he made a huge gamble when he signed heavyweight Brett Rogers, when other MMA promotions were willing to let him fight elsewhere.
During a recent conversation I had with him, he had this to say:
“I saw a lot of fan feedback, and I’m always interested in what people are saying. (Rogers) management came to us months ago and started explaining that they felt his life was back on track. He was back with his wife and training. He’s taking care of family matters and his family. Based on his history and recent record, we were a bit stand offish. His management team kept coming to us. I talked to him and heard from about what he’s doing, and how he’s trying to improve his life.”
Rogers fight with Andrei Arlovski, one of the heavy-handed brawler’s MMA career highlights:
I think it’s a huge gamble for Bellator, and I hope he’s able to prove that he is truly worth the risk. He needs to be in great shape, stay out of trouble, and needs to perform well in the cage. His next fight will be on Friday in the Bellator cage, so we’ll see how he does…