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Brett Rogers KOs Abongo Humphrey in Hair-Pulling Slugfest

Saturday night's Strikeforce MMA show on Showtime got off to a fast-paced, hard-hitting, hair-pulling start as Brett Rogers knocked out Abongo Humphrey with a series of vicious knees in the second round.


Yes, I said hair pulling. Humphrey wears his hair in long dreadlocks, and three times during the first round, Rogers grabbed that hair. That's a foul, and referee Herb Dean (who also wears his hair in long dreadlocks) warned Rogers twice before taking a point away. In fairness to Rogers, it appeared that at least one of the hair pulls was unintentional, as a result of getting his hands tangled in Humphrey's hair.

But Humphrey didn't like it. During the fight microphones picked him up telling Dean, "He keeps pulling my hair."

"I know. I know," Dean replied.

But in the second round, Rogers managed to work the Muay Thai clinch without grabbing Humphrey's hair, and it turned into a brutal beating, as Rogers repeatedly punched and kneed Humphrey in the face, eventually knocking him cold and leaving his nose a bloody mess.

Strikeforce Photos

    Frank Shamrock, center, is helped by his corner after losing to Nick Diaz in a Strikeforce mixed martial arts fight on Saturday, April 11, 2009, in San Jose, Calif. Diaz won by knockout in the second round.

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    Nick Diaz makes his way to the cage at the Strikeforce show on Saturday, April 11, 2009, in San Jose, Calif.

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    Frank Shamrock punches Nick Diaz during their match at the Strikeforce show on Saturday, April 11, 2009, in San Jose, Calif.

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    Nick Diaz grapples with Frank Shamrock during their match at the Strikeforce show on Saturday, April 11, 2009, in San Jose, Calif.

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    Nick Diaz, right, kicks Frank Shamrock in a Strikeforce mixed martial arts fight on Saturday, April 11, 2009, in San Jose, Calif. Diaz won by knockout in the second round.

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    Nick Diaz, top, punches Frank Shamrock during a Strikeforce mixed martial arts fight on Saturday, April 11, 2009, in San Jose, Calif. Diaz won by knockout in the second round.

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    Nick Diaz punches Frank Shamrock during their match in the Strikeforce show on Saturday, April 11, 2009, in San Jose, Calif.

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    Nick Diaz, top, punches Frank Shamrock in a Strikeforce mixed martial arts event on Saturday, April 11, 2009, in San Jose, Calif. Diaz won by knockout in the second round.

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    Nick Diaz punches Frank Shamrock during their match at the Strikeforce show on Saturday, April 11, 2009, in San Jose, Calif.

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    Actor Mickey Rourke holds up his phone before Nick Diaz faced Frank Shamrock in a Strikeforce mixed martial arts event on Saturday, April 11, 2009, in San Jose, Calif.

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