Brian Rogers Looks to Impress the New Bellator Boss, Fight Back into Title Contention

September 19, 2014
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Brian RogersIt would seem at times that if not for bad luck, Bellator middleweight Brian “Predator” Rogers would have no luck at all.

In two scheduled fights this year, Rogers has faced multiple opponent changes and delays, leading him to have just one bout in 2014.

Still, in that one bout this past May, Rogers was able to finish veteran Adrian Miles with an explosive flying knee in the second round of their bout.

“It was a long time coming,” said Rogers. “I was originally scheduled to fight in Kansas in March, and that fight literally fell through right before weigh-ins, so it got rescheduled for May and I fought Adrian Miles.

“I had recently changed training camps and moved to Denver to train at Factory X, and it allowed me to get in a second training camp before the fight with Miles, and it helped me get the finish and the W.”

Rogers’ move to Factory X was a possibility for a while that he finally decided to make happen late last year.

“Chris Camozzi is a good friend of mine and I had gone out there for years to train off and on,” said Rogers. “Last September I dropped a decision to Mikkel Parlo, and I decided to take some time off.

“I started thinking about MMA and decided I needed a change in my career. In late November, early December I made the decision that it was going to be Factory X and head coach Mark Montoya.”

Having settled into his new environment, Rogers (11-6) will make his return at Bellator 125 Friday night against late replacement Rafael Carvalho in Fresno, Calif.

“It’s an exciting match-up to fight Rafael Carvalho because he’s a tall, athletic guy, legit guy,” said Rogers. “I’m looking forward to taking him out and taking bigger steps towards a title.

“It’s about bigger fights and bigger checks at this point. Although his name isn’t there so much, this is the co-main event, so I’ve got to go out there and look good for (new Bellator president) Scott Coker.”

It’s making an impression on the new Bellator management that Rogers feels will help re-establish himself within the promotion and allow him to make steps towards title contention.

“A win’s a win, but I don’t want to win ugly or lay and pray for three rounds,” said Rogers. “I don’t think that moves you closer to a title shot or gets you big fights.

“I want to go have a good performance whether it goes one round or three rounds. I want to show the people in Bellator that I’m evolving and that I’m ready for big fights until I get back to (Alexander) Schlmenko or whoever holds the belt.”

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