Rogers (9-4) is from Kent, Ohio and is coming off a lost in the semifinals of the season six middleweight tournament to Andreas Spang. This was the second time that he made it to the Bellator middleweight semifinal and is looking forward to putting on a show for his Ohio fans.
“Last time I was in Ohio it was the biggest fight of my career and I embarrassed myself and let tons of buckeye friends and family down that spent their time and money to see me fight,” said Rogers. “It’s rare that a fighter at my level gets to fight near home often. Fortunately I get that opportunity again in Dayton. I owe the state of Ohio a better performance and on October 26 when bright lights come on I’m going to show up and put on a great show.”
Steele (6-2) is also a Ohio based fighter and has competed in Strikeforce in his career. Before his last fight, he was on a six fight winning streak, with four of the wins coming by either knockout or submission. He was defeated by former UFC fighter David Branch in last fight, which was a decision lost.
Bellator 78 comes from the Nutter Center at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio which will see the return of women’s champion Zoila Gurgel and the semifinals of this seasons welterweight tournament.