Brett Rogers's camp says he was approached about fighting Fedor as a late replacement for Josh Barnett after Barnett's failed drug test. Rogers' management agreed in principle, but the deal was never done, Team Bison owner/trainer Mike Reilly told FiveOuncesofPain:
"We never asked to fight Fedor. We are under contract with Strikeforce and happy to be [with] Strikeforce. We have not sought any bouts outside of Strikeforce. We were however approached to fight Fedor by Affliction. Of course we agreed to the fight immediately provided all the details could be worked out among the many parties involved."
Rogers would have been an ideal opponent for Fedor -- much bigger and slower than a blown-up middleweight like Vitor Belfort. But I doubt Rogers had enough name recognition to sell enough PPV buys to save Affliction, even for one more show. Still, could have been a fun fight.
Also, Reilly knew it would be a big risk to take on Fedor with such short notice, but felt the result could have been worth it:
"He (Fedor) is the unqualified best in the game. The quintessential fighter. Accepting a fight against him on nine days notice may seem foolish or simply a money move; but it is not. The bottom line is you never know when, or if you will get another chance. Brett is not in this game to be good, he is not in it to be great; his goal is to be the best. How, as a fighter, could he have turned down the possibility of taking his greatest test? No chance he walks away from that opportunity. When Fedor mentioned Brett by name as the replacement he wanted we were very honored."