Saturday, June 06, 2009

No Limits for Heavyweight Brett Rogers as June 6 Approaches

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There are a lot of folks who would call getting punched in the face, kicked in the head and kneed in the midsection miserable.

Brett Rogers, an unbeaten heavyweight the size of a small pickup, calls it his dream job.

Miserable, to Rogers, 9-0 and finally a full-time mixed martial arts fighter, is changing tires and repairing flats at a St. Paul, Minn., Sam's Club, where he worked full-time until recently in order to support his family.

It was an honest day's work and it paid the bills, but it wasn't stimulating, was frequently frustrating and was a dead-end job that Rogers had long ago grown weary of performing.

He'd always believed in the power in his fists and his ability to make a living with his athletic ability. He took MMA fights where he could get them, but they didn't pay much and there was this little problem of eating, paying for a place to live and raising three children he had to deal with.

And training in his spare time didn't leave him much opportunity for professional development.

"I was lucky because things came pretty naturally to me, but you can't do this sport the right way and work on it in your spare time," Rogers said. "This is a full-time, 12 months a year, 365-day commitment you have to make.

"I just decided the time was right and I had to make the move. This is a sport I have the ability to do and do well, and I wanted to give myself every opportunity."

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