Why Demico Rogers is the Next Ultimate Fighter

Tommy Messano@ULTMMAContributor ISeptember 4, 2009

Marketed as the "heaviest" season ever, this is the first time in the show’s history that it will feature an all heavyweight cast.

The gold team will coached by “Sugar” Rashad Evans, while the silver team is led by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

This article is a 16-part preview of each of the 16 cast members.

The fighters are ranked on a one to five-star basis. A five-star rating means you are one of the favorites to win the show, while a two-star rating means you are a dark horse to make the finals.

The following rankings were originally posted at ultmma.com.

Demico Rogers




HW (4-0 amateur record)

Signature win: January 10, 2009 31 second TKO of Eric Young to capture ROR HW title

Demico Rogers is a 28-year-old prospect from Renton, WA. In high school Rogers played football and wrestled. His level of achievement in these sports is unknown, but the athletic ability is there. Rogers grappling resume includes three jiu-jitsu tournament wins and a Pankration tourney title.

The Washington product began in his amateur MMA career in December 2007.Three amateur wins in local Wazoo shows include a first round armbar win over Jonathan Wilson in Roger’s MMA debut.

Rogers also competed on the undercard of Strikeforce’s first show in Tacoma in February 2008.  On that night Rogers’s earned a TKO over Jim Holloway in the second round.  

Rogers’s most recent bout took place for the Rumble on the Ridge promotion. Rogers headlined and won the company’s heavyweight amateur title with a first round TKO of Eric Young.

Currently Rogers trains at Ring Sports United under noted striking coach, Mike Messer.

Tommy Messano is the editor-in-chief of www.ultmma.com. His MMA articles have appeared on www.sherdog.com, www.wcl.com, Fight Ground Magazine and www.espn.com

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