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Brett Rogers arrested, released by Strikeforce

The mugshot of mixed martial artist Brett Rogers.

The mugshot of mixed martial artist Brett Rogers. (June 29, 2011)

Brett Rogers was released from his Strikeforce contract Thursday after being arrested and charged in a domestic violence case, according to multiple published reports.

Rogers was arrested Wednesday in Apple Valley, Minn., and charged with assault in the third degree, domestic assault by strangulation and pattern of stalking conduct, all felonies, plus  endangerment of a child, a misdemeanor.

Bail was set at $100,000 on Thursday, and Rogers is due back in court on Friday.

According to reports, Rogers claims his wife struck him first and he returned force. Such force, based on reports, include punching his wife and attempting to choke her.

Rogers lost to Josh Barnett in the quarterfinals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix on June 18 in Dallas. It was the third loss in Rogers' last four fights. Rogers began his career 10-0, punctuated with a first-round knockout of Andrei Arlovski. After that Strikeforce bout, Rogers lost to Fedor Emelianenko and Alistair Overeem. He then fought once in a smaller promotion and returned to Strikeforce for the Grand Prix.

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