No one can ever accuse Bellator middleweight Brian ‘The Predator’ Rogers of not speaking his mind.
The Ohio native is getting ready to make his promotional debut with the organization this weekend to kick off the Bellator middleweight tournament for season 5, and he’s hoping that everyone will be watching.
Rogers is candid enough to admit that there also happens to be a UFC show on the same night as his Bellator debut, but he’s happy that the organization he fights for is smart enough to change scheduling so fans can watch all the fights and not be forced to pick and choose.
The Bellator show this weekend was bumped up to a 7pm ET start time on MTV2 with the UFC Fight Night 25 card set to happen at 9pm ET on Spike TV. Both Spike TV and MTV2 are subsidiaries of Viacom.
While Rogers has no problem if you watch him and the rest of the Bellator fighters take care of business and then flip the channel to support the UFC, he will advise against spending a dime on the boxing pay-per-view bout between undefeated champion Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather and young up and comer Victor Ortiz.
“Bellator’s smart even this weekend a special start time at 7pm because over on Spike there happens to be a UFC the same night. Spike and Bellator are both owned by Viacom, they’re not going to compete against one another,” Rogers told MMAWeekly Radio.
“Bellator’s at 7 o’clock, tune in, watch me do some work, watch Bellator and feel free to watch the UFC, but don’t buy the (Floyd) Mayweather fight, it’s not going to be worth it.”
When asked who he’s picking between Mayweather and Ortiz, Rogers made his choice pretty clear.
“Who cares?” Rogers stated.
For his own fight, Rogers takes on fellow Ohio fighter Victor O’Donnell in the co-main event on the night’s card for the kick off to the Bellator season 5 tournament. While Rogers has been on a tear of late, he is in no way looking past O’Donnell because he knows just how tough he can be.
“I’m fighting Victor O’Donnell, he’s a tough guy, he likes to stand and strike some, but ultimately I know he wants to put me to the ground and go for the submission,” said Rogers.
“A couple of years ago he was able to submit one of my training partners Forrest Petz, so obviously I have respect for him.”
The first step for Rogers’ ultimate goal of getting a shot at the Bellator middleweigh title starts on Saturday night when he faces Victor O’Donnell.
The best part about the tournament however in Rogers’ eyes is the fact that if he wins he moves on, and with 3 wins total he gets a nice payday and a shot at Hector Lombard’s middleweight crown.
“It’s like that BJ Penn motto ‘just scrap’, you show up and fight. In Bellator you build your own name. You’ve got an opportunity to fight anybody,” said Rogers. “It’s like they always ask me who would you like to fight in the tournament, I’m like well at some point I’m probably going to have to fight every single guy in the tournament. I plan on being around for a while.”
Rogers kicks off the season 5 tournament on MTV2 this Saturday night in Hollywood, Fla.