Brian “the Predator” Rogers, 27, is an upcoming mixed martial artist from Kent, Ohio. He spends a couple of hours a day training and recently prepared for a fight held on March 5 in Columbus, Ohio. Brian is a teacher’s assistant by day at a school in Kent, Ohio, then commutes to the Cleveland area for his training. With the help of friends and teammates at his gym, Strong Style, in Independence, he practices a laundry list of skills that are required for mixed martial arts (MMA). Brian is currently 6-2, with a five-win streak. All his wins have been by knock out or technical knockout from punches and both his loses have come via judges’ decision after three rounds of fighting. “I’m definitely more of a striker (kicking and punching). Most of the opponents I’ve faced have tried to get me to the ground and submit be but I like to stand up and brawl it out with them.”
Brian listens to his coach while practicing his punching techniques.