Ex-Strikeforce heavyweight fighter Brett Rogers has been sentenced to 60 days in jail for a domestic assault charge on his wife dating back to June of this year.
Rogers plead guilty to a single felony count of third-degree assault, but as part of a plea bargain managed to have a further two counts of domestic assault, stalking and gross endangerment of child endangerment dismissed.
The 30 year-old has already served 26 days in jail and according to the judge is likely to only serve a further two weeks behind bars before being released. He also has to serve three years on probation and is forbidden to have contact with his wife until after he has successfully gone through a domestic abuse program.
The shamed fighter had initially been arrested on June 30th after neighbours witnessed him beating his wife leaving her bleeding from the mouth, while the police incident report also noted allegations that he had also strangled her during the incident which had began indoors and ended on the street. Police offers at the scene also stated that Rogers was under the influence of alcohol at the time.
In 2009 Rogers was portrayed as a family man with perfect 10-0 record on the verge of a rags-to-riches story by CBS prior to his network televised fight with Fedor Emelianenko, but he was knocked out in that fight and both his career and his personal life have gone of the rails since.
Since then he’s won only once in four fights and was cut from the Strikeforce promotion after word first emerged that he had been arrested in the summer. He last fought for Titan Fighting Championships in September, losing by split decision to Eddie Sanchez.
Roger’s legal representative requested that the remaining time on his sentence be deferred until after his next fight on December 31st, but that motion was denied.