A heavyweight fight between Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez is on-tap for DREAM.15. The heavyweight bout is the fifth fight announced for the promotion’s July card.
The news of the bout comes courtesy of a recent report at MMAJunkie.com.
“The Demolition Man” demolished another victim in his last fight as he steamrolled though Brett Rogers with little resistance in his first title defense since defeating Paul Buentello in 2007. The victory was his eighth in nine fights, seven of which have ended in the first round. His only blemish since the title win was a no-contest against Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic at Dream 6, a fight that saw numerous groin shots spoil the contest between the two.
Rodriguez is still on the comeback trial and has shown remarkable poise facing and overcoming substance abuse issues while slimming down significantly over the last year. Riding a seven fight winning streak, Rodriguez holds victories over Andrei Arlovski, Jeff Monson and Randy Couture. If Rodriguez can manage to pull off an upset or be competitive with Overeem, it should get the notice of a promotion like the UFC, Strikeforce or even Bellator for their upcoming heavyweight tournament.
DREAM.15 will go down on July 10 from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.