A heavyweight showdown between EliteXC and Strikeforce veteran Brett “The Grim” Rogers (11-3) with nine knockouts and UFC and Bellator Fighting Championships veteran Eddie Sanchez (12-5 with eight knockouts has been announced as the main event for “HDNet Presents: Titan Fighting Championship 20” on Sept. 23.
The news of Rogers’ addition to the Titan Fighting Championship roster was revealed during Friday’s edition of “Inside MMA” on HDNet.
“The goal of Titan since we became partners with HDNet was to put on exciting fights,” said Titan Fighting Championship CEO Joe Kelly. “A double-header featuring Rogers vs. Sanchez and former WEC lightweight world champion Jamie Varner vs. Alonzo Martinez promises to be one of our best shows to date.”
Rogers began his career with a perfect 10-0 record in which his win streak was highlighted by a 22-second first round knockout victory over former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski in June of 2009.
The Chicago native was also featured on the first-ever network prime-time broadcast of an MMA bout back in May 31, 2008, during CBS’ first-ever “Saturday Night Fights” airing.
Additionally, Rogers received further notoriety when he was featured in MMA’s return to CBS against Fedor Emelianenko in November of 2009 at “Strikeforce/M-1 Global Present: Fedor vs. Rogers.”
However, on June 29 of this year, Rogers found himself in the headlines again. But this time for the wrong reasons after being arrested on charges of third degree assault against his wife, Tiuana.
Rogers and his wife appeared on camera with Kruk but declined to discuss details. However, Rogers’ attorney, Murad Mohammad, told HDNet that his client is looking forward to addressing the allegations in court. In the meantime, Rogers is now training full-time at the Minnesota MMA Academy with plans on recording yet another dramatic knockout victory on national television.
“Brett has made a lot of changes in recent months and it will be exciting to see how much of a difference they’ve made in Brett’s game,” said Kelly. “But Eddie Sanchez is not exactly the type of fight you want to walk into when you’re looking to make sure your comeback starts off the right way. This one has slugfest written all over it.”
Tickets for the event are currently on-sale at Ticketmaster.com and the Memorial Hall box office and start as low as $35.
Additional matchups for “HDNet Presents: Titan Fighting Championship 20” will be released in the coming days.