Brian Rogers Joins the Fund A Fighter Team
FundaFighter has announced the newest addition to their family. Bellator middleweight Brian Rogers is the latest fighter to join the innovative company. Rogers is 28-years-old and has a career record of 9-4 and hails from Kent, Ohio.
Rogers has made it to the Bellator middleweight tournament semi-finals two years in a row. In 2011 he lost to Alexander Shlemenko via second round TKO and lost to Andreas Sprang via second round knockout this past April. Beforesigning with Bellator in October of 2011 “The Predator” defeated Ian Rammel on the Fejiao-Henderson Strikeforce card.
Rogers is donating half of the funds raised in his first campaign to LEAP. Here is the press release explaining the signing and what LEAP is all about.
FundaFighter.com announced Monday that the latest fighter to join the growing fighter fundraising hub is Bellator standout Brian Rogers and that half of the funds raised by his first campaign will go to improving the technological resources at LEAP, the Ohio-based education center for emotionally and behaviorally-challenged youth that the former special education teacher used to teach at before leaving to pursue fighting full time.
Rogers says that the LEAP program is in desperate need of new computers and that he is hopeful that through fan support and FundaFighter, he will be able to provide the school with the necessary funds to purchase new equipment. â€śWhen I worked for the LEAP program they were very supportive of my MMA career, giving me time off for fights and to train. This year, as much as it was a disappointment, I took a step back from my teaching position at LEAP to focus fully on my mixed martial arts career,â€ť Rogers explains.
. â€śMy former co-workers are still my good friends and I even have one of my training partners who works for the program. I wanted to do something to give back to them and to the kids, which is why I partnered with FundaFighter to start this campaign.â€ťâ€ś[FundaFighter] provides an opportunity for the fans and Backers of fighters they like or respect to truly support them or a charity or cause that’s important to them,â€ť Rogers points out.â€ť â€śMost fighters don’t get pay-per-view percentages or ticket percentages from the fans, so in this situation the fans can actually really directly support the fighter.
FundaFighter is the voice of the fans to the fighter.â€ťRaising the bar for Backer incentives, â€śThe Professional Predator,â€ť as he has recently been anointed due to his polished look outside the cage and his gentlemanly demeanor with the press, will be offering his number one fan the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to walk him out for his October 26 Bellator bout. The unique fan experience will likely make one lucky supporter the envy of his or her friends.
Rogersâ€™ campaign will run from October 1 to December 1, with a goal of raising $4000.