It's been a long two months for former Strikeforce heavyweight Brett "The Grim" Rogers, but he declares he's ready to return and put the past behind him, which includes an assault charge that occurred in June.
The victim was Rogers' wife, Tiuana.
HDNet's Ron Kruk recently caught up with him for the first time since his arrest. Rogers was charged with third-degree assault, stalking and child endangerment.
Despite having a trial on September 13, the 265-pound heavyweight is scheduled to face UFC veteran Eddie Sanchez on September 24 for the Titan Fighting Championship, which takes place at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan.
It's all part of the fighter preparing to move forward while letting go of the past.
“I was told not to go into details," said Brett, who has been with his wife, Tiuana, for six years. “The papers can write whatever, but it’s more of a misunderstanding when I look at it. We’re still going through the legal process. Our records are clean. I’m confident things are going to be dropped and we can move forward.”
Brett's lawyer, Murad Mohammad, is confident he will be allowed to compete in his upcoming bout, which will be televised on HDNet.
"The alleged victim is Brett's wife," said Mohammad. "And this is a family that's been together for a long time. They love each other. And Mrs. Rogers, at this point, appears not to be willing to testify against Brett."