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Bellator 152’s Brian Rogers looks forward to ruining Alessio Sakara’s homecoming in Italy this weekend

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Bellator comes to Pala Alpitour in Torino, Italy on April 16, 2016, with Bellator 152: “Pitbull vs. Souza” and Bellator Kickboxing: “Torino” on the same night. Patricky “Pitbull” Freire and Kevin Souza will collide in the main event of the evening.

However, a fight that may be just as anticipated in Torino this weekend is the co-main event between Italy’s own Alessio Sakara — who is making his promotional debut — against Brian Rogers, who is coming in off a technical knockout win over Db Akil in Austria.

Rogers would like to spoil the homecoming party for Sakara. He looked like a new improved “Professional Predator” in his submission of Virgil Zwicker at Bellator 147 at Light Heavyweight. And he’s delivered other highlight-reel finishes in the Bellator cage.

What Rogers needs most, though, is momentum — the exciting fighter hasn’t put together back-to-back wins since 2011. In a recent chat with MMAmania.com, Rogers reveals cutting to Middleweight for so many years just wasn’t paying off.

“The cut to 185 was just becoming too much and it was starting to have diminishing returns on my performance. I decided to make a judgment and kinda listen to my body to see where it was going and adjust my strength and conditioning and it’s been paying off so far.”

A change in weight class definitely improved his performance in Bellator, but to hear Rogers tell it, the previous Bellator regime’s tournaments may also have been a factor in his win-loss column.

“I wasn’t having a chance to develop much as a fighter in the early days because of the tournaments. You’d have two fights versus top opponents a matter of 30 days apart. It’s kind of hard to change things. I got into Bellator, I was only 27, I had seven wins ….View full article

Source:: mma mania