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Video: Brett Rogers Confirmed to Be Alive, Promises to Try Hard

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Brett Rogers has been publicly M.I.A. since February, and it was starting to worry us a little bit. So it was a relief to see this interview he did with Ariel Helwani yesterday, in which the Grim appears to be in a healthy but reflective state of mind before his match with Josh Barnett this Saturday. Discussing his two-fight losing streak at the hands of Fedor Emelianenko and Alistair Overeem, Rogers said:

I was moreso in that mindset of my amateur days, you know, I was kind of like ‘just give me a date and I’ll be there,’ and hope for the best. The proof is in the pudding, I can’t always flow with that mentality. That attitude will get me in a hole.”

Rogers says he began studying his past fights for the first time, and is focusing on more aspects of fighting than just boxing. (He even name-checks capoeira in the list of disciplines that he’s adding to his arsenal. And wrasslin’, of course.) What he’s not doing is talking trash, or making any guarantees about the outcome of the fight. “Ultimately it’s in God’s hands,” Rogers says. “I’m just gonna try hard. I don’t know how to say it, but that’s all I can promise.”

Barnett, on the other hand, is as confident as ever…

I don’t feel like anybody’s on my level. But then that’s why I’m a fighter. I go out there because I believe I can beat anyone, and I’m better than anybody, and that my skill-set trumps this other person’s. But I know that if I don’t take him seriously it’s gonna be a bad night for me.”

Barnett also discusses his beard, false reports of his licensing problems, that hater Tom Atencio, and a possible reconciliation with Dana White. (“Be very sparing when you use the word ‘never’ for just about anything.”)

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macreadysshack- June 17, 2011 at 11:15 am
@ mt - It's a 'puncher's fight'? Have you ever seen Barnett fight? This'll be: Grim over-extending striking or getting crowded into the fence, Barnett with a TD, Barnett with top control and marginally effective gnp. Repeat as necessary until Grim loses heart ;) OR 30-27.
Dog Dicks Magoo- June 17, 2011 at 6:54 am
Why does no one just straight ask Josh about why he's ruined so many fights over roids?
ColinTimberlake- June 17, 2011 at 1:49 am
His "losing streak"?

The Villareal win sucked, but it still exists.
Del Fuego- June 16, 2011 at 9:23 pm
This poor guy has had a tough run. Fedor->Alistair->Barnet. That is a tall order for anyone, let alone Grim. I hope he keeps fighting if he has a 3rd loss.
Pen Fifteen- June 16, 2011 at 5:15 pm
The staff at Sam's Club is just so personable. I wonder if Brett referred to him as "Mr. Helwani" off-camera.
k-onda- June 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm
Rogers got God, Barnett got the beard - can they possibly both lose?
Oh shit, I just said it didn't I?
MKO- June 16, 2011 at 2:54 pm
Rogers is about one step up from toughman. I don't see much for him in the UFC save for a match with the Mexicutioner.
mt59801- June 16, 2011 at 2:40 pm
neither one of them walks into a fight looking conditioned. It's a puncher's fight, with 50/50 odds. I predict 45seconds of haymakers followed by another 14 minutes of fat guys hugging each other and throwing haymakers
Rear Naked Poke- June 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm
I don't like The Grimm's new attitude, he is talking like he already lost, looking all "shook" (thanks VSOP). I'm still pulling for him hope he destroys the org destroyer.
ccman- June 16, 2011 at 12:27 pm
Rogers is the worst interview this side of any 209 fool.
Barnett is fighting for a career at this point. he has very few legitamate options and his best hope for a 2nd (3rd?? 4th??) chance in the UFC is either win the tourn. or at least make some serious noise in it. sadly i think he picked Rogers since he is definitely on the low 1-2 in the damn thing. If he cant put him away fast he has no business fighting anymore.
825IVER- June 16, 2011 at 12:14 pm
Rogers via 225/40/18
V.S.O.P.- June 16, 2011 at 12:09 pm
The mere presence of Alistair got Brett shook.
El Guapo- June 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm
^Barnett's juice hookup, for one. Apparently, he's a big spender.
Bob Villa- June 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Me. Barnett by tko round one.
KidDinomite- June 16, 2011 at 12:03 pm
I like how The Grimm says rasslin'. Just for that, I'm rooting for him to beat Barnett.... but then again, who isn't rooting for him?
Fried Taco- June 16, 2011 at 11:58 am
Oh no, the Grim is going to have God in his corner! What will Barnett do?