The much-anticipated heavyweight dream fight of the year of Brett Rogers vs. Tim Sylvia is off the New Year's Eve DREAM/M-1 Global event. (What, did you think I was talking about Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem?)
Heavy MMA reported the news on Thursday that just two days after from being released from a Minnesota jail, Rogers was told he wouldn't be granted a visa and thus he can't travel to Japan for the event. Instead of booking a replacement, Sylvia has been dropped off the card as well.
The story also said that Sylvia was considered as an opponent for Fedor Emelianenko before Satoshi Ishii was slotted for that fight instead. The show will also feature Shinya Aoki vs. Satoru Kitaoka and Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Takeshi Inoue.
Sylvia (30-7) is in on a two-fight streak and has won six of his last seven fights. Rogers (11-4) has lost two in a row and was released from Strikeforce following his arrest for domestic violence.