Brian Rogers Says Fighting is the No. 1 Priority is His Life Now
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 09.05.2013
He faces Mikkel Parlo at Bellator 98 tomorrow…
Bellator middleweight fighter Brian Rogers recently spoke about his upcoming season 8 tournament bout set for Bellator 98 tomorrow. He faces Mikkel Parlo in the opening round. Below are some highlights:
Rogers on how he believes he beats himself when he loses: "I have more natural skills and ability than anyone in the middleweight division. No disrespect to anyone I've fought before, but I beat myself every time. I'm 29 years old and I feel like I'm just hitting my stride. I just feel really good about everything that's happening in my life and in my training, and I'm ready to take it to the next level."
Rogers on putting the focus in his life to fighting: "I don't want to wake up at 50 years old and be pissed. I don't want to be pissed at myself for not putting as much into the sport as I could of because I was too busy doing this, that and the other thing. Fighting is the No. 1 priority right now in my life. Nine times out of 10, fighters don't mean it when they say it, but in my case, I'm in the best shape of my life. This is the first time in my career I've been working with a real strength and conditioning coach. I'm just locked and loaded right now."
Rogers on his opponent: "I can't sleep on him, but I think he's fighting me at the very worst time that anyone could. He's a solid striker, but he's nowhere as dynamic with his strikes as I am. He doesn't put combinations together nearly as well as I do. I feel really good about this matchup. I feel like I will hold an edge on the ground if it goes there. But honestly, I think I'm going to win this fight with long-range strikes. I don't think he can keep up with the variety I'm going to throw at him. I think he's going to run into something without me having to chase it. I've got a right hand from hell and if I land flush, he's going down."