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Heavyweight ‘Cop vs. Con’ Match-Up Added to Dec. 31 DREAM Show in Japan; Sylvia vs. Rogers Set for NYE

(Will justice be served to Rogers by Sylvia?)

Well, our hunch about Brett Rogers fighting on DREAM’s New Year’s Eve card was right.

According to a report by, the former Strikeforce heavyweight and convicted wife abuser will travel to the Land of the Rising Sun to take on former UFC heavyweight champ and current part-time Illinois police officer Tim Sylvia.

Rogers, who was sentenced yesterday to 60 days in jail for his highly publicized June 28 attack on his wife Tiuana, will be looking to improve on his 1-4 slide in his past five fights. Besides a questionable decision win over Ruben “Warpath” Villareal last October under the W-1 banner, Rogers was finished by Josh Barnett, Fedor Emelianenko, and Alistair Overeem and lost by decision to UFC cast-off Eddie Sanchez in that span. Prior to that, he was a perfect 10-0 including a shocking win over Andrei Arlovski.

The Chicago native, who now lives in Apple Valley, Minnesota, will be released 17 days prior to the bout. He spent 26 days in pre-trial custody, including a 10-day stint for a breach of a court order, and is only required to serve 2/3 of his 60-day sentence.

“The Maine-iac”  has done slightly better than “Da Grim” in his recent outings, racking up a respectable 6-1 record his past seven fights to rebound from a three-fight losing streak that saw him dropped by the UFC, knocked out by Emelianenko and embarrassed by Ray Mercer. The only win of note in his current stretch, however, came against Paul Buentello at War on the Mainland in August 2010. Other than a win over Marius Pudzianowski, he really hasn’t beaten anyone to write Joe Silva about since Zuffa released him. He lost to somewhat unknown regional fighter Abe Wagner January 28, making his plan to make it back to the Octagon an unlikely aspiration unless he racks up a few wins over UFC-level opponents.

The event, dubbed “Fight for Japan: How are you! New Year! 2011,” which will be broadcast live on HDNet, will also feature a lightweight title fight between champion Shinya Aoki and Satoru Kitaoka, a featherweight title bout between champ Hiroyuki Takaya and Takeshi Inoue and a heavyweight bout between Emelianenko and a yet-to-be-determined opponent. Our guess is Todd Duffee, Tim Hague or Sean McCorkle.

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Anhonestmoose- December 1, 2011 at 9:11 pm
Iskander has a point. If Tim can avoid the initial flurry he might have a chance. If his jaw is touched at any point, including by his corner between rounds, he is done though.
El Guapo- December 1, 2011 at 12:04 pm
But seriously, that blogger(writer?)needs to look up the definition of sarcasm. He took my words out of context.
El Guapo- December 1, 2011 at 12:01 pm
^I have no problem with the gays. Ask Xeno's lying ass, he'll tell you.
I regularly appear in his dreams, you know.
Just last night he dreamt that I actually believe his bullshit stories. Then he woke up and realized it was all a dream, at which time he promptly checked the CP comments section just to make sure. Poor guy. He should be here any second now..
Me likey- December 1, 2011 at 11:41 am
@El Guapo
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Me likey- December 1, 2011 at 11:39 am
they are fighting in japan so tim might be in a lot better shape. he has tested hot for winstrol in the past and you know how japan is with testing.
kkzhaa- December 1, 2011 at 11:00 am
Merry Christmas ,Christmas top gift
El Guapo- December 1, 2011 at 10:59 am
Or is that Canada? Anyway, they're practically rolling out the red carpet for the Grimm's fat, wife beatin' ass. Which doesn't make a whole lot of sense, considering his recent slide. I think I'm... Yup, I'm confused.
El Guapo- December 1, 2011 at 10:54 am
I thought felons weren't allowed into Japan? Or at the very least forced to jump through hoops to obtain a visa?
Mike Russell- December 1, 2011 at 9:57 am
Maybe it's a fetish in Japan like used panty vending machines and girls in sailor uniforms.
Motivated Penn- December 1, 2011 at 9:45 am
Dream are happy to involve themselves with a convicted wife beater? Interesting.
Iskander Neptu- December 1, 2011 at 9:35 am
the dude didnt have a training camp. 17 days including the trip to Japan is not enough. gaaasssssssssssss. Gone in 60 seconds.
Art Gibs- December 1, 2011 at 9:32 am

Also, about the fight, I hear Brett's been sparring primarily with a woman lately so I'm not so sure prepared he's going to be for this fight.
myklhoey- December 1, 2011 at 9:30 am
i think brett ginna smash tim, he lost 3 fights but to some major people, i think he will win i saw potenshal in him not as a top 5 but in the mix of nown names
Fried Taco- December 1, 2011 at 9:23 am
I think this is the first time I will be rooting for Tim "Poopy-pants" Sylvia to win.