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Brett Rogers’s Camp Speaks Out on Fedor/Affliction Negotiations


(Afterwards, Emelianenko personally invited Rogers to Stary Oskol for a tour of his playground training facility followed by a private meatloaf-eating contest. Props: sports.sho.com)

For a brief moment last week, it seemed like Brett Rogers had a decent shot at replacing Josh Barnett in the main event of Affliction: Trilogy (R.I.P.). Fedor wanted it, the fans wanted it (at least more than they wanted to see Emelianenko take on middleweight Vitor Belfort), and hey, at least it would be better than canceling the event altogether, right? Then, the rug was pulled out from everyone’s feet. Team Bison owner/head trainer Mike Reilly made a long post on FiveOuncesofPain over the weekend to answer questions and explain the Grim’s role in the behind-the-scenes negotiations. Some highlights…

On how Rogers first came up as a possible replacement: "We never asked to fight Fedor. We are under contract with Strikeforce and happy to be [with] Strikeforce. We have not sought any bouts outside of Strikeforce. We were however approached to fight Fedor by Affliction. Of course we agreed to the fight immediately provided all the details could be worked out among the many parties involved."

On Fedor: "He is the unqualified best in the game. The quintessential fighter. Accepting a fight against him on nine days notice may seem foolish or simply a money move; but it is not. The bottom line is you never know when, or if you will get another chance. Brett is not in this game to be good, he is not in it to be great; his goal is to be the best. How, as a fighter, could he have turned down the possibility of taking his greatest test? No chance he walks away from that opportunity. When Fedor mentioned Brett by name as the replacement he wanted we were very honored."


On Affliction’s demise: "I know that some people want to make this a story about failure, or greed, or stupidity. As someone who was close to the story I can tell you I saw none of those things. In this story I saw courage, respect, and effort. We want to believe that those things will always be enough to make it work, but sadly even our best efforts still fail…Yes, Affliction the promotion failed. True fans of the sport will mourn it’s passing. Personally I will rejoice in their efforts and give them a great deal of credit for trying something daring, for enriching the lives of fighters and fans. While we never got to step inside their ring (damn close…twice) we were still touched by the respect and professionalism shown by the entire Affliction team and we are proud to number them among our friends."

On haters: "Understand that is the lesson of the cage. Most of the time when guys step inside the steel they are ready, willing and able to lay it all out on the line. They give their blood, their passion, their heart to win and half the time they come up short. That is just how it goes folks. But I would rather be numbered with those who strive mightily and fail then those sheltered cowards who heckle and hiss from the shadows of the sidelines."

On Brock Lesnar being a total asshole who nobody likes: "There are some who think great champions in this sport should mock their opponents, spit on sponsors and flip off the fans. We are not in that group. Neither is Fedor. We hope one day we get to share the stage with him."

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godsloneranger- July 28, 2009 at 7:05 am
portland mma your just jealous because you can't grow a mustache like don's.
Darkside- July 27, 2009 at 9:25 pm
@jeffro

couldn't have said it better myself
Loinage- July 27, 2009 at 6:25 pm
This guy's hilarious on The Office
Jay Smith- July 27, 2009 at 6:00 pm
Pretty soon, it will be easier for some of these other big name fighters to end up in the worlds best fighting organization.....The UFC. Fedor, Brett, Vitor, Kimbo, all of these guys will find there way their, and more will follow.
portland mma- July 27, 2009 at 4:27 pm
"I dont know what to think off Brett Rogers yet. IMO he is still untested Ive never seen him really challenged but I would love to see him end up in the UFC so he could finally get that fight with Kimbo."

How the hell does this prove anything for Rogers? He just beat Andrei Arlovksi and you want him to fight a dude that is gonna lose on TUF? Not saying he's overrated or not just saying he deserves better competition then Kimbo, who he would have killed then and now, he only did it then cuz no one knew his name and Kimbo was incorrectly in the spot light. Also godsloneranger you lost me at respect for don frye, don frye doesn't respect himself. Apparently its illegal to have a shitty mo-hawk too?
PurplePickle- July 27, 2009 at 3:08 pm
The biggest gripe about Lesnar is that he is just huge with no technique. Brett Rogers fits that bill just as much as Brock, if not more. Roger's demolition of Arlovski consisted of swinging hard and charging foward. I've seen his last three fights and his power is the only aspect of his game that I found overly impressive.

I can understand the last minute replacement angle, but now that the card is off there should be no reason that a Fedor/Rogers fight would be appealing. Honestly, Rogers seem like the kind of guy tailor made to be crushed by Fedor. Big and powerful, but not as well rounded or technical. The fight would probably follow the usual 'stun 'em, throw 'em, submit 'em' pattern of an Emilianenko 1st rd win.
Jeffro- July 27, 2009 at 2:53 pm
I really like this quote.

"I would rather be numbered with those who strive mightily and fail then those sheltered cowards who heckle and hiss from the shadows of the sidelines."

Me too. Fuck the haters. Especially the ones with slow servers.
godsloneranger- July 27, 2009 at 2:44 pm
out of respect to don frye he needs to shave his mustache. There is one heavyweight mustache in mma and it is not brett's. Show some respect ripping of chucks mohawk and dons stache. Be your own man have your own look dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sneaky Pete- July 27, 2009 at 2:35 pm
Classy.
Soda Popinski- July 27, 2009 at 2:24 pm
I dont know alot about this Mike Reilly guy, but he sounds like real good people.

I think before the week is over, we'll be getting word that his boy Rogers will have that chance to face Fedor.
UncleSamsMisguidedChild- July 27, 2009 at 2:11 pm
I dont know what to think off Brett Rogers yet. IMO he is still untested Ive never seen him really challenged but I would love to see him end up in the UFC so he could finally get that fight with Kimbo. Guarantee Dana would make that happen what a story line there. Hey CP why the fuck arent you talking about that you waiting for a slow news day or something?
leonard cohen- July 27, 2009 at 1:56 pm
i really wish they would have just put that fight on and the event still would have been entertaining.
Son Of Fedor- July 27, 2009 at 1:44 pm
Fuck Brett , his goddam frohawk, and his hoodrat wife. Fedor would kill his moustache
Juice- July 27, 2009 at 1:36 pm
Yeah right.
GSP P4P- July 27, 2009 at 1:35 pm
hahahaha
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