(Alistair engages in a moment of reflection with his life-partner, Hilda. That’s the name of his sledgehammer. What, you didn’t think I was talking about the dumpy broad on the right, did you?)
Contradicting earlier reports, Alistair Overeem will probably not face Ricco Rodriguez at DREAM.15 next Saturday. Said Overeem’s trainer Martin De Jong: "If he’s going to fight, he’s probably not going to fight Ricco Rodriguez…We didn’t receive any contract. [DREAM] proposed Ricco Rodroguez, but they didn’t send a contract, and definitely we did not sign it." De Jong added that Overeem has no problem fighting Rodriguez, but they may skip DREAM.15 due to other issues with the promotion that he wouldn’t discuss.
Nevertheless, three additional fights were announced for the card today, bringing the current total to seven. They are…
Mitsuhiro Ishida vs. Daiki Hata: Japanese lightweight veteran Ishida drops to featherweight after taking consecutive losses to Mizuto Hirota and Gilbert Melendez. He faces Daiki "DJ.taiki" Hata, who most recently lost a decision to Kazuyuki Miyata last October.
Michihiro Omigawa vs. Jong Young Sam: DREAM poaches top-ten featherweight Omigawa from Sengoku and puts him up against Jong Young Sam, who has an 0-2 record, with both losses by first-round knockout. Bizarre matchup — was this part of Omigawa’s signing bonus?
Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. Karl Amoussou: PRIDE/UFC vet Nakamura — another Sengoku acquisition — meets aggressive French middleweight Karl "Psycho" Amoussou, whose last appearance against Trevor Prangley at a Strikeforce Challengers event in February ended in a technical draw due to accidental eye-poke.