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Open Letter From Brett Rogers and Team Bison

Brett Rogers and Team Bison issued an open letter on the Kimbo Slice/Elite XC situation today via Rogers’s official website. I don’t think I have to tell you that it’s a riveting read. Here it is, exactly as penned by Rogers and his camp:

An Open letter to all

On behalf of Brett Rogers, Team Bison and everyone representing our camp: we would like to clarify a few issues that may be mis- interrupted by the press and the many many message boards.

First we would like to start out by once again thanking Gary Shaw and Elite XC. Elite is our home and it is where we hope to be for a long time. They treat their fighters great. More then the day to day treatment of the fighters they are interested in developing fighters and making long term commitments to their fighters. Unlike other promotions who have a tradition of “one and done” and cancelling contracts without notice; Elite is standing by their fighters. We are proud to be with the organization that brought back Yves, Sammy and Phil when others wrote them off. We were proud to be part of an organization that gave James Thompson a chance at redemption (and in our mind earned another chance on Saturday!). Elite gave us an amazing opportunity to bring aboard great sponsors who could really get their money’s worth.

We really believe in Elite and hope to bring more of our fighters up through their ranks. We do not want anyone to think for a second we are ungrateful, angry or otherwise disappointed with Gary Shaw, Elite, Showtime or CBS. And no; we have not been forced or threatened to say this and anyone who thinks we could be does not know Team Bison. Simply put; we will always speak our minds and will not be intimidated; which brings us to the Kimbo situation.

Brett had won 6 fight before coming to Elite. He struggled on the local circuit to find fights. He was pretty much avoided from day 1. The guys he fought simply provided zero competition and he put them all away early. When he fought for the regional title he fought a guy who was 10-1 and suppose to be this great striker. Brett KO’d him in under 10 seconds. We went to Hawaii where despite changing the rules as we stepped through the ropes and again during the fight; Brett KO’d his opponent. Finally we got to go BIG and face serious competition in Elite XC in Texas. The main event on that show was Kimbo Slice vs Bo Cantrall. Bo is a sub .500 fighter who was on a 4 fight losing streak when he got the call to come to Elite. On that show Brett faced Ralph Kelly who a decent up and comer with a good amateur record. Brett had a tougher opponent but got less money and a on the Under Card.

Next stop Miami where Kimbo is again the main event and blown up huge. His opponent; the venerable Tank Abbot. I believe the last time Tank won a democrat was in the White House and gas was $1.50 a gallon. Brett took on Pride veteran James Thompson for way less money and way down on the card. Brett puts him away in the 1st half of the 1st round.

CBS show. Kimbo gets the same James Thompson Brett had just KO’d. James coming in losing 3 of his last 4 and his last two straight by KO. Brett gets the opening spot against Jon Murphy. Murphy a 9-2 fighter with great Jujitsu who had impressively KO’d Dave Huckabee. Again the tougher fight for less money. 3 times running – tougher guys for less money. Not a great pattern!

And you know we would be fine with that as well; however Kimbo is not only getting the softer spots and the heavier cheddar (as they say) he is also being pushed as the monster; best fighter in the organization. As a fighter Brett is expected to want to fight the best. Our Team has a focus to be the best. Elite is our home and we are told KIMBO is the best. Now why would Brett want to fight anyone else? Every interview Brett has done since before the Kelly fight has started and ended with a Kimbo question. It is only natural he would like to answer the Kimbo question once and for all.

On a personal note: we like Kimbo very much. We have nothing but respect for him, Bas and the love and support his crew shows him. We could do with out the silliness to be sure; but hey it is the fight game and some times people just have to act that way; even if they don’t. But this isn’t about hating the man or his accomplishments. This is about being the best. We respect Kimbo does this to feed his kids, care for his family. Brett has a family too.

Fighting is about challenging yourself; testing the limits. It is about courage and strength and honor. There is no honor is fighting down a tier. Elite is saying this man is the best – We are Elite! Brett has earned the opportunity to fight the best. Everyone he has fought got dusted in the first round. It is time to see how he does at the top of card against the man they are pushing as the standard bearer.

If they believe that Kimbo is not ready for Brett; that Brett is too dangerous for Kimbo – We can accept that. Frankly there are a lot of people Brett shouldn’t be allowed to fight and maybe Kimbo is one of those people. We are fine with that decision. All we ask then is that we be allowed to be in that spot with all it’s benefits and responsibilities and take any and all comers without reservations.

This letter would not be complete without mentioning the other forgotten man in all this, Antonio “Big Foot” Silva. Antonio is a certified, absolute all around warrior. He is one of the very best heavyweight fighters in the world. We have a world of respect for Antonio and ATT and would consider it a tremendous honor to compete with him. If it was a fight for the title; if was billed as the fight between the two best fighters in Elite; we would be overjoyed. However it does not seem right that Brett and Antonio should be fighting just to see who gets to be the number 2 man behind Kimbo.

I’m willing to bet that Antonio feels the same way. As true warriors we want to fight the best and right now everything; judging by the money, the publicity and the billboards; that is Kimbo. Has Kimbo earned that spot? We are not convinced. So we are calling Kimbo out. If this is a challenge he does not feel ready to accept; that is cool. That we can understand. But it is somewhat unreasonable to ask everyone to play second fiddle – to fight tougher opponents for less money while another fighter makes bank on the also rans. Brett has fought three very tough heavy weights with legitimate skills. The result in every one of those fights was a first round KO. No decisions, no controversy just straight up cart them off wins. Yet every interview and every place he goes he hears Kimbo this, Kimbo that. Hell, if we were not asking to fight Kimbo, Gary would be ashamed of us and would be wondering what type of wimps he had fighting for him. If Kimbo is the badest man on the planet; then lets do this thing. All due respect…step up or step aside.

Thank You
Brett Rogers, Mike Reilly, and Team Bison

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greg andrews- March 20, 2009 at 8:38 pm
Brett rogers is a can..everyone knows that hes a fat wanna be football player facade, stickers on the hat like a kid fat slugger.I would love to see him against a fit guy with a good chin.minus the mullet and wife beater. Alexander emeilenko,Crocop,jeff monson,tim silvia,fabricio werdum, kazuya fujita,brandon vera fat, brock lesnar,shane carwin,cabbage correira..ect ..ect i could name so many more that would demo this guy..I cant belive he's eyeballing kimbo over the REST of the heavyweight world...

Ps.. I didn't mention Fedor or even arloviski frank mir or big nog because he dosen't deserve to share a shadow with them.
RockFist- September 15, 2008 at 5:38 pm
wow really some of you dumb asses make me sick. MMA isnt about how much money you make or how many people come to see you. MMA is a challenge, we train, an we fight. I bet half the shit talkers on this page dont even fight they sit on there fat asses an watch it on TV. so piss off.

Rogers should fight Kimbo anyone who thinks kimbos a good fighter I pity you, kimbo has zero ground game, an only became famous because of those street fights on youtube. i think the organization is to afraid to set them up because they"ll have to watch there "celebrity"Kimbo lose.
KIMBO WHAA?- July 15, 2008 at 10:22 pm
dont understand all this negativity on kimbo......all I see is kimbo aint this, kimbo aint that.....ay u gotta start some where, right? He is new to the pro game, and tru dat , they hype him, and thats because of youtube, peeps know about him , so when u put a "BUM"
{as yaw call him} up against "Real" fighters , they hype it, they hype it cuzz we have seen him kill foo'z on youtube, they hype it cuzz he is in the pro ranks now...dont blame this on kimbo, blame it on yourself for watchin all his youtube videos, "WE" made kimbo, not elitexc, so now are we mad?? he should be fighting the bums, he is fresh meat, but wait till this "BEAST" becomes "TAMED"..... watch out
ufc2- July 4, 2008 at 4:56 pm
you know whats funny, is that rogers isnt even that special. just heavy haymakers as fast as he can throw them. im sorry but he really is just an average fighter at best, so i guess he'll get his wish though when he fights kimbo and kimbo makes quick work of him.
MainEvent- June 29, 2008 at 11:21 am
Alot of great points made hear..Kimbo sells tickets..Thats the bottom line..

Rodgers signed his contracts agreeing to the $ amounts,whats the problem?.Take care of that crap at the table,not on your website or on message boards...

Main Event
Dusty- June 26, 2008 at 12:34 am
BRETT ROGERS ALL THE WAY GET EM BOY - AW YEAH!!!!!!! I LIKE YOUR STYLE!!!
ufc says- June 19, 2008 at 9:35 pm
elitexc is all used up has beens,
Barry- June 5, 2008 at 10:04 pm
Kimbo is a gd joke and everybody that knows MMA knows it to be the truth. It's really sad what Elite and Kimbo have done to MMA. They're basiclly turning it into some kind of WWF freak show.
KTFO- June 5, 2008 at 8:41 am
The main argument out of Kimbo fans is "Kimbo puts people in the seats and makes money." This is Dana White's point, it is a freak show. "LADIES AND GENTLEMAN!!!! Step right up and see the amazing face puncher guy! He has no ground skills and very little experience but he beat up a lot of dummy's from his neighborhood!"
countryboy- June 5, 2008 at 12:30 am
I think the Elitexc is great but after watching Kimbo's recent fight if they found a real competitor with anywhere decent handspeed/groundgame he would CRUSH Kimbo. Not to say Kimbo doesnt have goddamn bricks in his hands. But if you can avoid the haymaker, or push it aside and come in with a 1-2, clinch left knee to the liver (props to Bas) maybe 1-2 knees to the head or body, then try to take Kimbo down hes nullifed. Had that been a DECENT fighter, not saying James Thompson wasnt good, but i mean he had a crucifix and i think was afraid he would brake one his sally nails 22 unanswered elbows and you couldnt but kimbo out? I think Kimbo needs to find a decent camp, stay away from the internet porn a while Hit the roadwork, jumping rope, speedbag, GROUNDGAME, he could get a few decent wins. I think Kimbos problem is he didnt look hungry to me, He was fighting like he knew had the fight won. Thats the only problem I have with ANY forms of combat sports, when people fight to win by Decision instead of a KO, or SUB

"The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses. Behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road long before I dance under those lights" -- Ali



that fight left a bad taste in my mouth... something im sure Gina Carano's *meow* wouldnt.
axhed- June 4, 2008 at 8:19 pm
i wish i could grow a frohawk.
LOL- June 4, 2008 at 5:21 am
just let them have the fight; they are both worthless fighters in a worthless organization.
JC- June 4, 2008 at 5:14 am
Um, Brett Rogers has had only seven fights. Kimbo has had four. Brett is about eight years younger and doesnt come with all the street fighting experience. If the street fighting experience dont count for shite, then stop hyping Kimbo already. What does Rogers have to do -- grow a beard and shave his head bald?
Reality Check- June 4, 2008 at 3:08 am
this is all bs, it was only Kimbo's 3rd legit mma fight going against a guy with 22 fights who beat the likes of Yoshida who beat Mark Hunt. Kimbo was a stand-up specialist under bareknuckle rules would have destroyed Thompson or Brett that is Kimbo's domain and world. it's like expecting Anderson Silva could beat Roy Jones in boxing, most people are clueless and are forgetting that reality. Kimbo never tapped it was clearly a thumbs up and needs time to develop his ground just like anyone else in mma. He's the top hyped because of his stand-up domain skills and potential, which creates the draw, Brett did not do that prior to getting into MMA, plain and simple facts...
JC- June 4, 2008 at 1:42 am
Word, and War, Brett.

Kimbo is a top-200 heavyweight, maybe top-150. Rogers is probably a top-100 heavyweight. He has shown balls, and character, and a willingness to mix it up inside and outside the ring.

Elite XC should grow up and let Rogers ride the hype machine, build his persona, and sell some tickets. Why? Cuz Rogers will back it up. Kimbo is a can with a colorful story.
hahahahah- June 4, 2008 at 12:07 am
I think brett rogers will beat kimbo via "beard bar". hahahahahaha
Henry- June 3, 2008 at 11:45 pm
Kimbo would kill him.

@ the letter: The fucking reason Kimbo is the headline on the card, is because of the people who just want to watch that fight. Idk if you knew, but CBS got 3.8 million viewers tuning in at the beginning of the fight, they got around 8 million viewers at the end. To see Kimbo.

Kimbo is big, brett is a faggot. Kimbo will kill him easy.

www.KimboSliceVideos.com
Anonymous- June 3, 2008 at 6:57 pm
Kimbo would get killed!
Dre- June 3, 2008 at 4:59 pm
To all the people talking trash about 'who is rogers?' How about Elite XC push him a little? Give him a little hype as a legitimate HW threat. Heck, put him against Kimbo, then they can hype him as the man who KO'd Kimbo Slice.
atom- June 3, 2008 at 4:22 pm
"we would like to clarify a few issues that may be mis- interrupted by the press and the many many message boards"

I know I hate it when my words are ... huh?
exposed- June 3, 2008 at 4:01 pm
"phantom Says:

June 3rd, 2008 at 7:22 pm
its all very simple

Kimbo makes Elite way too much money right now to risk a knockout at the hands of rogers

therefore, he will not be fighting rogers anytime soon.

Shaw and Elite will milk Kimbo as long as he is a cash cow (but i do think he lost alot of fans with his crappy performance that night)"

I agree with phantom on this. great letter brett. hopefully this will get kimbo to man up. but I doubt shaw would roll that dice.

how about kimbo vs gina @ maybe 180-190?
Bdawg- June 3, 2008 at 2:29 pm
Years ago early fans may have been impressed with hype and a big name, but now that MMA has errupted into the fastest growing sport in the world, we true fans want great fighters, not hype. KIMBO is nothing but hype. Sure he beat some asses on the internet, but those were just street toughs. KIMBO would probably beat most "regular" guys up, but this is professional MMA, and KIMBO does not have the skills to back all this hype behind him. 3-0. Big deal. The ref had to stop the Thompson fight right when it looked like KIMBO was winning, it was the only way Elite could save its poster boy. Talk about a close call. You know Gary Shaw was shittin bricks up untill that point. He probably gave the ref a bonus for the "stoppage of the night call that saved my organization". Brett Rogers is not the greatest fighter in the world either, but you cannot argue with what he's saying. There is no hype behind him and he is knocking out everyone who they are putting in front of him. Lets test both him and Kimbo, the two big bad ass heavyweights of Elite and see who the best is. Having a poster boy for your organization that cannot back up their hype is going to be worse for Elite in the long run, rather than somone who can actually fight but they feel they cannot market. Make your money now Gary Shaw, and prostitute out KIMBO as much as you can with huge hype and washed up fighters (Bo Cantrel, Tank, Thompson) because all of us can see right through this and we know bullshit when its thrown right in our face. Gary is in this to make money, pure and simple, not to provide fans with great match ups.
Anonymous- June 3, 2008 at 2:10 pm
@sol

Kimbo never knocked out James Thompson, it was a TKO(injury)
Kim Couture is a cunt- June 3, 2008 at 1:45 pm
Love it
Jeremy- June 3, 2008 at 1:25 pm
This letter drones on and on and on and on......
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