Brett Rogers, MMA Fighter, sentenced to 60 days in wife beating
Brett Rogers' professional fighting career took another hit this morning as a Dakota County judge sentenced him to 60 days in jail for beating his wife this summer.
The sentence further derails a once-promising mixed martial arts career. Rogers was considered a top fighter in MMA but lost his professional contract with Strikeforce after he was charged June 30 for beating his wife.
Rogers' current legal problems began June 29, when cops showed up at his house at 12:30 a.m. to investigate a domestic violence call.
Rogers' wife, Tiuana, had left the house and told police that Rogers had knocked out one of her teeth, choked her, and hit her in the head repeatedly. Rogers was charged with strangulation, child endangerment and assault the next day.
Rogers struck a plea deal with prosecutors in September, copping to third-degree assault charges and was scheduled for sentencing today. Judge Karen Asphaug gave him 60 days, three years' probation, and a $500 fine.
Rogers has had other problems with the law since his initial arrest in June, including a restraining order that was taken out against him by his neighbors for harassment and intimidation. He was arrested last month for violating a protection order taken out by his wife.
His last professional fight for Strikeforce was a loss last June against former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett.
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