Saturday, April 04, 2009

Strikeforce: Brett Rogers looks to shatter "big-man" misconceptions

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In Brett Rogers' (8-0) three fights with the ill-fated EliteXC, the heavy-handed striker spent just over five minutes earning three wins.

But if you think you've seen all there is to see with "The Grim," the 28-year-old advises you to pay attention to his April 11 Strikeforce bout with "Abongo" Humphrey (5-0).

"I've been working Wing Chun, Muay-Thai, and a lot of the ground game," Rogers told ( on a recent media call. "Those are different things that I haven't had the chance to show because my fights have usually lasted a minute."

Rogers has yet to fight beyond the first round in his eight professional contests. But the 6-foot-5 heavyweight doesn't believe he'll have troubles should the fight last beyond the opening frame. And Rogers doesn't believe "lumbering" is a term that should be used to describe his 265-pound frame.

"I'm a big guy, but that doesn't necessarily mean I'm a slow guy," Rogers said. "(And) just because I'm big doesn't mean my gas tank is going to be low."

Instead, Rogers wants to be seen as the complete package as a heavyweight fighter. And with EliteXC's demise keeping him on the sideline for nearly 11 months, Rogers said he's had plenty of time to progress his skill set.

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