A recent report on the Sports 1140 KHTK website revealed that Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem is set to defend his crown against undefeated prospect Brett Rogers.
However, when contacted by FiveOuncesOfPain.com, sources close to the fight stated that a bout between Overeem and Rogers for Strikeforce’s June 6 show in St. Louis has yet to be signed.
The sources did indicate that Overeem vs. Rogers has been discussed but optimistic was expressed whether the bout will be formally signed for the event. It is believed that Rogers could still compete on the card against one of two other potential opponents.
While the unnamed source would not go into detail, it is believed that one possible opponent for Rogers should he compete on the June 6 card could be Fabricio Werdum. The former PRIDE and UFC heavyweight had been discussed as a potential foe for Rogers leading up to Strikeforce’s April 11 event in San Jose but the matchup was never finalized and Rogers ended up fighting Abongo Humphrey.
Now that he has formally signed with Strikeforce, Werdum is in need of an opponent for his debut with the promotion and the 9-0 Rogers would make for an intriguing matchup.
While Strikeforce officials continue to work to find a fifth slot for its June 6 Showtime telecast, it should be noted that Rogers has not been officially signed for the card. The promotion could go in a different direction when trying to fill out the televised portion of the event.
As of now, the event is slated to be headlined by former EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler taking on former EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shieds, Nick Diaz vs. Scott Smith at a catchweight of 179 pounds, and a welterweight matchup between Phil Baroni and Joe Riggs.