Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem will meet Ricco Rodriguez. The fight will be a part of Dream 15, which takes place on July 10 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

MMAJunkie reported the match up on Wednesday.

Overeem originally won the Strikeforce title by defeating Paul Buentello back in 2007. After that, he competed in Ultimate Glory, Dream and K-1. Before returning to Strikeforce, he won six-straight MMA fights and performed admirably in the kickboxing ring. In May, he finally returned to Strikeforce and defended his belt against Brett Rogers. Overeem stopped Rogers in the first round.

Rodriguez is one of MMA’s perenial “What if?” stories. He won the UFC heavyweight title by defeating Randy Couture at UFC 39 back in 2002. However, he then lost three straight fights to Tim Sylvia, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Pedro Rizzo and never again fought for the UFC. Since then, he has struggled with weight and substance abuse problems. He is currenlty riding a seven-fight winning streak against modest competition.

Headlining Dream 15 is a lightweight title between. Shinya Aoki will defend his Dream title against Tatsuya Kawajiri.

UPDATE  (6-30-10, 5:45pm CT) – According to a new report on, the site that first reported the bout, Alistair Overeem’s manager and trainer, Martin De Jong, has stated that not only will the fight between Overeem and Rodriguez NOT take place, but Overeem may never fight for DREAM again. Rodriguez is still expected to compete on the card.

2 thoughts on “Alistair Overeem to meet Ricco Rodriguez at Dream 15 (updated)”
  1. This likely means Werdum will face Fedor in a rematch.

    What a horrible fight. Rogers is the only legit competition this guy has fought in ages.

  2. Alistair Overeem !

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