To quote Staind, “It’s been a while,” since Tennessee native Hannah Rogers competed in the cage – almost 15 months. But when Rogers returns to mixed martial arts competition, it will be on the biggest stage of her career.
Known as “Little Hands,” Rogers racked up a 4-0 amateur record, as well the 3FC featherweight and V3Fights bantamweight titles. A blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Rogers has two first-round submission wins to her credit. The nickname Little Hands might be a little misleading as she also scored an impressive 11-second TKO victory over Shanna Young back in 2013.
Invicta has always been a launching pad for female fighters to take their first plunge into the professional rankings, most recently Sijara Eubanks – who is coming off a win over prospect Gina Begley. Rogers will no doubt be jumping into a pond that is full of opportunities and challenges.
Invicta’s 145-pound weight class is full of powerhouses, including Amanda “The Lady Killer” Bell, Charmaine Tweet, and the seemingly immovable object that is featherweight champion, Cris “Cyborg” Justino. Rogers’ ground game and grappling could be put to the test against fighters like Faith Van Duin and Marina Shafir.
Rogers’ professional debut is expected to take place later this year and it will be interesting to see if her time away from competing will play a factor when she takes her first step into the Invicta cage.
To view some of her handiwork, watch the videos below.