Brett Rogers’ inability to obtain a travel Visa for this month’s DREAM year end show has caused the removal of the heavyweight clash between himself and former UFC champion Tim Sylvia from the evening’s card.
“DREAM: Fight for Japan. How are you! New Year 2011.” is set to take place on Dec. 31 from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The event will air live to the U.S. audience on HDNet.
After serving a 60-day prison sentence for domestic abuse charges stemming from a highly publicized domestic dispute with his wife, Rogers is forced to complete a three-year probation program as well as other conditional probation requirements.
It is because of his probation that he has been given a ban on any and all international travel, therefore he was unable to receive the necessary visa to fight in Japan this month and the bout against Tim Sylvia is off.
In order for Brett Rogers to get his life and MMA career back on track he will need to stay on American soil. However, outside of small regional shows, I don’t see too many MMA promoters giving him the chance to compete with the “wife beater” moniker now attached to his name.
Rogers was last seen in a split decision loss to Eddie Sanchez back in September. The loss marked his fourth defeat in his last five bouts. His lone victory came in a bout against an aging Ruben Villareal that he won by decision.
The former top 10 heavyweight fighter has really had a fall from grace.