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Further Proving the Theory that Japanese MMA is F’ed Up: DREAM Execs Deny Alistair Overeem vs. Ricco Rodriguez is Off

(SURPRISE! Just shittin’ you, Ricco. The fight’s still on.")

In spite of Alistair Overeem‘s public statement to MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani today that he never agreed to face Ricco Rodriguez at DREAM 15 this weekend, executives from the Japanese MMA organization are denying that the Strikeforce heavyweight champion has declined a slot on the card.

According to sources close to the fighter, who is currently aboard a plane to Japan under the assumption that the fight is still a go, DREAM officials have denied the reports that have surfaced about Alistair bowing out of the event and they have held steadfast to their claim that Rodriguez will indeed face Overeem.

Maybe Overeem should have cc’ed them on the statement he sent to Ariel, below. That way there wouldn’t be any confusion.

"I have heard numerous rumors about me fighting at Dream on July 10. I want to give my side of the story before speculation arises:

After my Brett Rogers fight on May 15, I decided to take time off and do media appearances — MMA expo in Canada, E3 expo, Strikeforce events — and enjoy some time off with my family. I knew Dream wanted me on the show, but I didn’t want to go back in training preparation. Then, they offered me a fight against Andrei Arlovski for the Dream heavyweight title. As I have said on occasions, fighting for a belt means something more, and I wanted that Dream title so much that So as a result, I agreed to lay off my media and holiday plans, and went back to training.

During my training I found out that Andrei Arlovski was not going to be my opponent, and they changed opponents numerous times. I’ve heard names like Tim Sylvia and Minowa. At one point, I received notice that they had found a opponent but that the Dream heavyweight title was not on the line anymore. With all the changes and the title fight no longer a possibility, I simply had to turn down the opportunity.

The next day, I immediately took a flight to San Jose to hype up my possible fight against the winner of Fedor Emelianenko or Fabricio Werdum. I then heard rumors that Dream had booked me in a fight against Ricco Rodriguez. I want to make it very clear that I never verbally agreed to fight him and I never signed a contract with Dream to fight him. I feel very sorry for Ricco Rodriguez’s camp if they still think the fight is on, and I apologize to my fans that have bought a ticket to see me compete. I hope this statement has shed some light on the unfortunate situation."

Maybe DREAM should hire Scott Coker to turn this ship around.

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dumbfucks- July 7, 2010 at 10:57 pm
This is either further confirmation you clowns @ cageyams have no idea what you're talking about... or that you have a horrid translator. Just the other day @ this announcement Sasahara announced the fight was OFF (detailed info such as what Alistair stated). You yanks will never the best regardless of how biased your shitty journalism is.
rlh61- July 6, 2010 at 1:10 pm
@Almost North...that was goddamn funny right there!

@ReX...I've been wondering about Corky! No need for a 'Where Are They Now?' episode.
El Guapo- July 6, 2010 at 12:44 pm
"..Overeem is next in line for a shot at his own title."

LMAO! Congratulations, you're the NEW new dad. Sorry MRuss, you're fired.
Sabado Gigante- July 6, 2010 at 12:36 pm

That's a tricky question... Usually, by SF logic, a loss increases the chances of getting a title shot... But I'm not sure how this logic translates to current champions... This is conundrum as fuck!
ReX13- July 6, 2010 at 12:36 pm
Almost North +1 holy shit that was funny.

Seriously though, what the fuck is going on at DREAM? Is it run by Derek Zoolander and Corky from Life Goes On?
Sabado Gigante- July 6, 2010 at 12:34 pm

That's a tricky question... Usually, by SG logic, a loss guarantees a title shot... But I'm not sure how this logic translates to current champions... This is cunundrum as fuck!
Almost North- July 6, 2010 at 12:30 pm
It would mean Overeem is next in line for a shot at his own title. Have you not figured this out yet?
WILLIEX- July 6, 2010 at 12:25 pm
If the fight does happen and Ricco wins.... what would that mean for Strikeforce?
Almost North- July 6, 2010 at 12:16 pm
Since when does Uberreem write for Bloody Elbow?
ben- July 6, 2010 at 12:03 pm
Overeem vs. Minowa would have been epic.
Lysol- July 6, 2010 at 12:01 pm
His first clue that the DREAM title fight was never going to happen should have been that his opponent was Andre Arlovski
Viva Hate- July 6, 2010 at 11:57 am
Nice photo, it appears Overeem is sneaking up on Ricco to steal his drugs, damn will he be disappointed to find out its just coke.