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Fedor Emelianenko-Alistair Overeem in Dream? Promoter Says He Hopes So

A heavyweight bout between Fedor Emelianenko and Alistair Overeem is increasingly looking like it will be one of the big MMA fights of 2010. The question is whether it will happen in the United States in the Strikeforce cage, or in Japan in the Dream ring -- and Dream Event Producer Keiichi Sasahara says he's hoping to get the deal done in his promotion.

Overeem, the Strikeforce heavyweight champion, called out Fedor on Sunday and said he'd be willing to fight him in either Dream or Strikeforce, but would prefer Dream. When Sasahara was told about Overeem's desire to fight Fedor, he said he was excited about the possibility of it.

"That would be great," Sasahara said. "That's a fight I really want to see.
... It's not an easy fight to get together but it's a fight I would like to see. I'll do what I can to make it happen in the near future."

Both Overeem and Fedor have other items on their to-do lists before they can fight each other: Fedor is fighting Brett Rogers in the Strikeforce/M-1 Global show on CBS November 7, and Overeem is fighting in the K-1 World Grand Prix Final December 5. But Overeem says he'll be ready to fight Fedor in April of 2010, and Fedor, assuming all goes well against Rogers, is likely to fight again in the spring. So Overeem-Fedor is a fight that would make a lot of sense in the next six months.

But would it happen in Dream or Strikeforce? The two promotions have a partnership, and both are open to co-promoting with Fedor's promotion, M-1 Global, so determining a venue for the fight won't be a battle among competing promotions so much as it will be a group of business partners deciding where they can make the most money.

I still think there's more money to be made with this fight in the U.S. than there is in Japan, and I think Strikeforce is more likely to land the bout than Dream is. But that could change in the coming weeks: If Fedor vs. Rogers delivers disappointing TV ratings, and if Overeem does well in the K-1 World Grand Prix, they might decide that there's more of an audience for Overeem vs. Fedor in Japan.

Either way, if all goes well, the fight will happen in the spring of 2010. It should be great.

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