Brett “The Grim” Rogers: The “Fanboy” Tug-o-War Champion

James Ryan

I’ve been wondering lately: do the majority of MMA fans all suffer from some form of bipolar disorder?

In light of the recent loss to Fedor Emelianenko on the CBS production of Strikeforce , Brett “The Grim” Rogers must be swirling in absolute confusion as to how he has been perceived and described by the fans over the past few weeks.

“Bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) causes serious shifts in mood, energy, thinking, and behavior–from the highs of mania on one extreme, to the lows of depression on the other. More than just a fleeting good or bad mood, the cycles of bipolar disorder last for days, weeks, or months. And unlike ordinary mood swings, the mood changes of bipolar disorder are so intense that they interfere with your ability to function.”

I’m sure right about now, many of you are asking yourselves, “What the heck is this guy saying and/or smoking?”

Well in case you are unfamiliar with this particular medical condition, please note the following signs and symptoms:

· Feeling unusually “high” and optimistic OR extremely irritable

· Unrealistic, grandiose beliefs about one’s abilities or powers

· Feeling hopeless, sad, or empty

· Racing thoughts; jumping quickly from one idea to the next

· Impaired judgment and impulsiveness

· Delusions and hallucinations (in severe cases)

Still not convinced?

Allow me to shed some light on my suspicions by sharing some of the comments that have been made about Brett Rogers spanning the past few weeks.

UFC Fanboys Before the Fight

“Rogers is going to destroy Fedor…Fedor is over-hyped…Fedor doesn’t need to worry about coming to the UFC to fight the best Heavyweights in the world—he won’t even make it past Rogers…Until Fedor does come to the UFC however, I can not respect his accomplishments-to-date…He has fought a bunch of has-beens and never-was’s…Fedor is scared about losing his legacy…Rogers will smash a hole through Fedor with his superior power and striking skills…Rogers will be Fedor’s toughest test yet…Rogers is too good for Fedor…Fedor would never beat Brock Lesnar.”

Fedor Fanboys Before the Fight

“Rogers is nothing compared to Fedor…He shouldn’t even be fighting Fedor considering that they are not even close to the same caliber of fighter…Fedor is the top of the elite…Rogers is lucky to be in the same ring as him…Fedor can out punch, out move and out wrestle Rogers in a heartbeat…It won’t even be close…Screw Lesnar.”

UFC Fanboys After the Fight

“Rogers is a chump…He tested Fedor a bit in the first round, but lacked the conditioning and skill to even be in a fight of that level…Rogers had no business being in that ring to begin with…He is another minor-league athlete that Fedor has used to pad his record with…Rogers isn’t even a top-20 fighter…Bring on Lesnar!”

Fedor Fanboys After the Fight

“Fedor is G-O-D!!! But Rogers was definitely his toughest opponent yet and this win only solidifies Fedor’s reign as the greatest fighter to ever live in this Universe!!!…Hat’s off to Rogers for being a solid No. 2 ranked fighter…Rogers was in amazing shape and proved he is one of the best…Rogers would kill Lesnar—imagine what Fedor would do to him. I can’t wait to hug his nuts!”

Sorry, I couldn’t resist that last one…haha.

Suggesting that the “fans” have bipolar disorder is admittedly a huge stretch (although, in some unfortunate cases, I am sure that it is true and a laughing matter it is not).

The point here is simple: I feel that it is completely laughable at how some of the fans (aka “fanboys”) seem to flip-flop back and forth making whatever excuses they need to in order to keep their opinions and pride in tact. This is ridiculous. Learn to give credit where credit is due.

The Truth About Fedor

Fedor may be the best of all time, but until he makes his way over to the UFC, this level of debate will rage on forever and the UFC fanboys will not be completely unjustified in any accusations that they may make about Fedor. The longer it takes, the more the excuses will follow (from both sides)—regardless of any fight outcomes.

The sooner Fedor goes to the UFC, the better for the UFC, the better for Fedor, and the better for MMA fans.

The Truth about Brett

Back to the drawing board for one of the toughest men ever to take a punch like the one that Fedor delivered and who still managed to walk away seemingly coherent. A bit of continued training in the basics will fundamentally develop Rogers into one of the best fighters on the planet.

Just not the best.

Those are my opinions. If you don’t like them—I have others.


James Ryan
James Ryan



  1. Its funny because it is so very true. Keep up the interesting topics.

  2. ahaha nice article pretty true

  3. F88

    Lol, awesome article…

    I like how you managed to keep an unbiased point of view.
    It was a funny, and good read lol…

    Keep it up :)

  4. Well POTD from me, but now I think I need to find Psychiatric help.

    Seriously your point is excellent and people should be honest with themselves regarding bias.

  5. Very good/unique article James :)

    I might be a UFC fan-boy who loves Fedor. Maybe I should start a support group. What I think is funny about all the UFC detractors of Fedor is that they think he should come to the UFC to prove himself because he has only fought cans. Well the UFC HW division only really got relevant in the last year with the rise of Brock, the return and rise again of Mir, along with the trio of young guns in Carwin, Cain and Dos Santos. You also have Big Nog who Fedor beat not once but twice when he was arguably a better version of Nog. Fedor has fought everyone that has been put in front of him, outside of the UFC, and that is likely the best we will ever get.

  6. LOL that would be a huge support group I think :)

    You're exactly right about the recent evolution of the UFC HW division. And frankly, without Lesnar, I don't see it as being any better than any other organization.

    Like you said, Nog (who is the disputed #2) has already been beat by Fedor.
    The fans want Lesnar vs. Fedor. I know I do :)

    Thanks for the comment Brian.

  7. this is your best one to date, because it's true for the most part, while there are fans that will give credit where it's due, a lot of them are so worried about their pride that they won't give credit.

    the last “quote” was classic too!

    oh, and I'm bi-polar as all hell apparently, because most of those symptoms describe me…. thanks lol

  8. LOL this was actually pretty funny, but the thing is, it's true.

    Good Job

  9. KK

    Fantastic article James

    Fedor vs. Lesnar!

    Bring it on!


  10. Curtis

    The funny part is how accurate you are!

  11. rogerson

    I think the only person indulging in polarization here is you, by: (a) lumping every man, woman and dog into two camps and (b) then putting words in their collective mouths.

  12. James

    Sorry you feel that way rogerson,

    This was merely my collective observation of the biased and contradicting opinions generated by the fans and writers on various other MMA websites over the past couple of weeks. No words were put into anyone's mouths.


  13. James

    Oh :) and something to please consider is that this was originally posted on the Bleacher Report under the humour section LOL :)

    Under that initial pretext, this may have come across differently. Then again…maybe not :)

    Next time, I will try to make it more clear if something is meant to be taken with a grain of salt. Thanks.

  14. DEPR

    Fedor does not need to prove anything to any one, he is unbeaten till now.

    UFC can't afford his terms & conditions yet, so too bad for the fans.

    UFC as a promotion wont let a fighter out of UFC just come and beat their champ and leave, that would be a major victory for strikeforce and other promotions, a blow to their monopoly.

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