Nov 2, 2013; Long Beach, CA, USA; Bellator chief executive officer Bjorn Rebney, center, at the post fight press conference after the Bellator MMA fight night at the Long Beach Arena. Alvarez won the fight. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Bellator 113: Brian Rogers loses opponent at last minute; Bellator steps up, shows class

Bellator 113 is set to invade the Kansas Star Arena on Friday night with an event headlined by the light heavyweight unification bout between Attila Vegh and Emanuel Newton. Unfortuantely, one of the undercard bouts was scrapped at the last moment after Brian Rogers’ opponent, Gary Tupusoa pulled out of the bout at the last minute.

Nothing can be more crushing than losing your opponent the day before your scheduled fight after putting in countless hours of hard work to prepare, but Rogers and Bellator are handling the situation with all class.

According to Bellator Director of Communications Anthony Mazzuca, Rogers will receive his show money and the promotion will look to schedule a new fight in the coming weeks.

Rogers also responded with a brief statement showing his gratitude for Bellator.

Bellator needs to be applauded for the way they have handled this situation.

While there have been some moves in the past weeks that generated some criticism whether it be fair or not, they are showing now why a number of fighters have been dedicated to their promotion and we got a behind the scenes look in this case as to why Bellator is the top organization outside of the UFC.

Let’s hope that Rogers can get a fight scheduled in the coming weeks as he looks to break the first two-fight losing streak of his career and begin a climb back up the middleweight ladder.

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