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Brett Rogers Says He Wants to Hurt Arlovski; Not Interested in Being ‘Bouncey-Bouncey’

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(On second thought, no, I wasn’t going to finish my sandwich. Please, by all means. Props to Esther Lin.)

Last night, Strikeforce sent out a roundup of quotes from a media conference call held yesterday, where Scott Smith, Andrei Arlovski, and Brett Rogers took questions about their upcoming matchups on June 6th. While Arlovski didn’t say much other than he was excited for the fight and he should have stuck to his gameplan against Fedor, "The Grim" stole the show, discussing everything from his preparation for Arlovski to Alistair Overeem acting like a fool. Here are some highlights:

What are your thoughts on being offered this big step up in opposition?
Rogers: Once I got the phone call and Arlovski was set in stone, I was excited. I remember watching this guy at a younger age and thinking, ‘man I get to take on someone like that?’ He’s an explosive guy; he likes to move around. It’s definitely going to be a challenge, but nothing I don’t think I can handle. He’s big, slimmer guy. He likes to move, he likes to be quick and move his hands. I’m kind of mellow with the fighting stance, so it’s definitely going to be me taking my time and controlling the fight.’’

How long have you been training for this fight — after planning on fighting Alistair Overeem?
Rogers: I was hoping someone would bring that up. I thought I was fighting him, but I got this one about three weeks ago. It’s cool because, the way I see it, it’s actually going to be a better fight than the one with Overeem would have been. With Overeem, we might have ended up on the ground and did all that up-and-down stuff. With Arlovski, he likes to stand and bang and I like to do that too. This is going to make for a better fight. I was putting in some time for Overeem. Then he wanted to act like a fool. He’s a pro fighter and he wanted to act like a fool. That’s on him. I’m moving onto bigger and better. I’m getting this fight. I’ll knock Arlovski out and hopefully move on to somebody better. I’m trying to get into that top-10 ranking. This isn’t going to be forever so I need to make my move like right now when I’m healthy.’’

Can you talk about the pressure that was involved with the Abongo fight?
Rogers: “You can pull anyone from the street and tell them you’re going to get ‘x’ amount of money, you’re definitely going to feel that pressure that you’ve got to get out there and do whatever. I went into that fight with that kind of mindset. I knew a small amount of his background and I wasn’t going to give him a small chance of doing anything. That’s when I decided just to clog whatever he wanted to do and just stay up on him. I just went in there, clogged his stuff and did what I needed to do. There was too much money riding on it. If I didn’t win that fight, I’d still be working. I feel like I’m still in the same situation with the Arlovski fight. If I move forward, it’s great, but if I don’t I’ve got a problem. He’s just another man. He walks around with vampire teeth; he’s supposed to be a monster. We’ll, I’m a monster too. I like to go in there and just hurt. That’s all I want to do. I don’t want to do anything else. None of that soft tacky stuff … just hurt.’’

How do you grade Arlovski?
Rogers: “I give his standup a high rank because he does like to use his hands. He can move his head really good. He has a nice right, I’ll give him that. But, as far as anything else go, there isn’t anything that would make me nervous. I’m just the type of fighter that likes to control the pace. I’m going to be the heavier fighter. I’m sure he’s going in around 250. I’m always on top of the weight. I just have to stand and bang with him. That’s all I can do, really. If he gets real careless or real crazy I might have to just check him and bang him around the ring a little bit and try to calm him down. I’m not going into this fight to try and be bouncey-bouncey with him.’’

Do you feel your only way of winning is by a knockout?
Rogers: “I won’t say it’s my only way of winning. First and foremost that’s going to be the first thing I go for. If it comes down to us turning around on the ground, I feel safe with the Jiu-Jitsu game. I know he has a background in that, but he’s just another man. It’s just another day in the gym, except we’re going 100 percent. Hopefully, he’s not sleeping on that.’

Who is it that you have your eye on in the heavyweight division?
Rogers: “I did have my mind set on that belt. I was kind of concentrating on that. So whenever Overeem heals, I’m going to go for that. Pretty much I want to fight anybody people say are better than me. I’ll fight Overeem, I’ll fight Arlovski, I’ll fight Fedor. I’ll fight whoever is up there. I’m going for all the top-10 guys in the heavyweight division.’’

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UCMA- May 29, 2009 at 6:36 pm
5 out 6 of Arlovski losses have been by TKO or KO so Rogers should win with his power, since fangs brain is softer now since the KING made it weaker.
Slapahoetribe- May 29, 2009 at 1:58 pm
Rogers is a joke. He might have a punchers chance to win because Andre "glass Joe" Arlovski has a shitty chin. He almost lost to that last loser with the dreads and looked dead tired after one round. He should go become part of Kimbo's entourage and make cameos in porn videos.
Dru23- May 29, 2009 at 7:42 am
i can see rogers being a constant gatekeeper type in the HW division no matter where he is, but he will never beat the arlovski's, overeems, fedors, or barnetts of the world. id like to see im a sylvia, that would be a fun one to watch....
BackbaconBilly- May 28, 2009 at 8:50 pm
Dismantling Fedor! LOL.... perhaps winning the fight up till the moment he got ktfo is more like it, but considering they were still in the 1s t round even saying he was winning the fight is a bit of a stretch. Wait till Fedor ACTUALLY loses the fight before you right him off as a has-been.
Walrus- May 28, 2009 at 5:58 pm
I think he's in over his head, but I like his attitude.
Warcraft- May 28, 2009 at 3:39 pm
Rogers is a tuff kid but I can't help but feel he is in real deep water vs AA. AA was dismantling Fedor before he lost discipline and went with that crazy flying knee.
Rogers got less technique and is alot slower then the pitbull. This should go along the same lines as Big Country or Rothwell they are too slow to compete against the Real Athletes/Fighters.
Sure Rogers got a punches chance if AA jumps the gun like he did against Fedor but 99% of the time AA wins this one.
straight face-tim sylvia vs fedor- May 28, 2009 at 2:50 pm
$3 says when the words, "ill fight fedor" came out of his mouth, he sharted himself.
PorkandBeans- May 28, 2009 at 1:28 pm
Rogers quoting the ground game as "all that up-and-down stuff" is ridiculous. If he wants to be a boxer then he should go be a boxer and I personally can't wait to hear his excuses at the press conference when Arlovski drops him quicker than I dropped my IFL stock.
Phenylalanine- May 28, 2009 at 1:13 pm
sorry referred to AA as "pee pee taste" rather than "how's my pee pee taste"...its been a long day...but on the subject of nicknames i like rogers', "the grim".
Phenylalanine- May 28, 2009 at 12:54 pm
Arlovski's technique may be far ahead of Rogers, but it will only take one big shot from "the grim" to shatter pee pee taste's glass chin....the epitome of a puncher's chance
PingPong- May 28, 2009 at 12:53 pm
Tough call Rogers has heavy hands and a good chin, Arlovski has great hands and a not so tough chin, if they stand I think the advantage goes to Rogers, he just has to get one good shot in.
Fucklord- May 28, 2009 at 12:50 pm
Brett Rogers is going to murder arlovski
House Party- May 28, 2009 at 12:43 pm
DAMMMN! If he can put it on arlovski's chin then he might be able to do it....but then again arlovski is getting REAL good boxing training from freddie roach....hmmm now that i think about it i think arlovski takes this one. sorry rogers
C-Bus Allstar- May 28, 2009 at 12:42 pm
I like this cat's attitude man.. He's got that dog in em.. That "I don't give a fuck if you're Superman, Imma whip yo ass" attitude.. I can respect that.
Armbreaker- May 28, 2009 at 12:34 pm
I don't have anything against Brett Rogers, but I hope Arlovski wins this fight.
RPS13- May 28, 2009 at 12:20 pm
word. good luck.