You already recognize some of names and faces from the upcoming season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” but there’s a lot you probably still don’t know about this group of 16 heavyweight warriors. Each weekday between now and the Sept. 16 premiere of “The Ultimate Fighter Heavyweights,” FIGHT! will introduce two cast members leading up to the introduction of our TUF bloggers.
Weight: 235 lbs.
Hometown: Renton, WA
Trains: Bellevue, WA with Ring Sports United
MMA Record: 4-0
Born in Renton, WA, Rogers attended Hazen High School and was a standout wrestler and All-League football performer at both defensive end and offensive line. Following high school, Rogers elected to pursue an education from WyoTech automotive school in Laramie, WY which led to his current seven-year career as a certified master technician with Mercedes Benz.
Tired of lifting weights to stay in shape, Rogers turned to jiu-jitsu as a change of pace. After training for only two weeks, he entered a local mixed martial arts tournament and won and his love for the sport was sparked. A relative unknown outside of the Northwest, Rogers impressed show producers during Seattle’s open casting call with his athletic ability and charm. The 27-year-old has been training with Ring Sports United and Mark Messer for the past four years.