According to Five Ounces of Pain, former EliteXC heavyweight Brett Rogers (8-0) is Affliction’s preferred opponent for Barnett, though the matchup has not yet been officially signed.
Barnett, a top-10 ranked heavyweight, has won three-straight fights and eight of his last ten, with losses coming to notables Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. He most recently defeated Pedro Rizzo via second-round knockout at Affliction’s debut event, “Banned”, in July.
Rogers, a heavyweight up-and-comer, emerged as one of the top heavyweights in EliteXC and was long-rumored as a potential future opponent for Kimbo Slice, though the bout never materialized prior to Slice’s upset loss to Seth Petruzelli in October. Undefeated in his professional career, “The Grim” last defeated Jon Murphy via first-round TKO in May.