July 9, 2010 By admin
TOKYO — Former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez will not face Gegard Mousasi in the opening round of the Dream light heavyweight grand prix at Dream 15 on Saturday at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Rodriguez agreed to fill in as a replacement for Jake O’Brien, but Mousasi has instead agreed to face O’Brien, who, according to sources, was struggling to cut excess weight and meet the 205-pound limit at the time the decision was made.
According to sources, O’Brien never made the weight limit, as he clocked in at 226 pounds. Still, the light heavyweight tournament bout against Mousasi appears as if it will go forward. Dream has not yet released O’Brien’s official weight for the match.
“It’s definitely going to happen,” Rodriguez said.
Remember, this fight will be aired live on HDNET tonight at 3:00 AM EST and 12:00 MIDNIGHT PST.