Brett Rogers appears to have been released from Bellator

Esther Lin via allelbows.com

It would appear that notable heavyweight Brett 'Da Grim' Rogers has been released from his Bellator contract and will have an upcoming bout in Korea.

Brett Rogers has had a sordid history with MMA, both in and out of the cage. Once a surprising blue-collar prospect in Strikeforce, he gained a groundswell of fan support with his story of working in the garage at Sam's Club, changing tires, all the way to a heavyweight title shot. However, that early support, and success was short lived.

Losses to Fedor Emilianenko and Alister Overeem, coupled with a troubling domestic violence incident (to which Rogers would eventually plead guilty and serve a 60 day jail term) saw his star quickly fade. Combat sports are a forgiving profession, however, and Rogers soon found himself with a second chance at an MMA career fighting in Bellator. It now appears that that second chance is over.

Following a 1–1 stint with the promotion, that saw him lose most recently to current heavyweight champion Alexander Volkov, it would appear that Rogers has been released from his Bellator contract. His profile has been removed from their website, and when asked about his next fight Rogers posted the following messages on his Twitter account:

And now, a little more than a month later:

Most probably this means the end of his time with Bellator. The promotion does allow fighters under contract to compete oversees, so there may be more going on than meets the eye, but it doesn't seem likely. The most probable candidate for his Korean debut would be ROAD FC, but we'll be sure to keep you posted as more information becomes available.

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