DREAM Executive Producer Keiichi Sasahara met with the press Thursday to attempt to clarify the on-again-off-again situation regarding Alistair Overeem‘s participation at DREAM.15. Well clarify is probably the wrong word.
“Towards the end of the negotiations, because of reasons that I am not able to tell you, although the two fighters agreed to fight, it happened that these fighters could not fight. It’s not because of money, but if the reasons are something that I cannot tell you then you might be able to guess what they would be. Because of that, we are not able to have these two fighters fight.”
Ricco Rodriguez was at no point mentioned by Sasahara as Overeem’s opponent. Instead former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski was planned.