Arlovski (15-6), a former UFC heavyweight champion, had won five-straight bouts, including victories over Ben Rothwell and Roy Nelson, before suffering a first-round knockout loss to top-ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko in January at Affliction: Day of Reckoning.
Rogers (9-0), a top-contender in EliteXC prior to the promotion’s 2008 collapse and now one of Strikeforce’s top talents, has yet to be defeated in his career, most-recently earning a second-round TKO of Abongo Humphrey at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz.
With the addition of Arlovski-Rogers, the Showtime-broadcast card now features:
- Robbie Lawler vs. Jake Shields
- Nick Diaz vs. Scott Smith
- Kevin Randleman vs. Mike Whitehead
- Phil Baroni vs. Joe Riggs
- Andrei Arlovski vs. Brett Rogers
[Pictured: Andrei Arlovski]