Through his official blog, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic announced today that he will indeed be competing on Dream and K1’s co-promoted New Year’s Eve event. The Croatian stated that he will not have a rematch with Alistair Overeem, but instead will be taking on Hong-Man Choi.
“I’m excited to let you know that I have accepted DREAM’s offer to fight against Hong-Man Choi on December 31 at Dynamite show,” he wrote in his blog. “We arranged all details and the contract has been signed – the fight is officially on.
“I must say I’m happy with this opportunity to fight again in this year. This wasn’t the best year for me and I’m hoping that I’ll end it in a good spirit.”
Originally Cro Cop was rumored to be facing Overeem at the event, however Cro Cop turned in his fight agreement too late, and the rematch was cancelled. He has not clarified why he was unable to get the agreement submitted in time.
At one point in time, Cro Cop was one of MMA’s most feared fighters. However after a disappointing stint in the UFC, he has dropped two of his last three bouts, including a No Contest against Overeem at Dream.6.
“Although I’m still having some difficulties with my old injuries there won’t be any excuses left in case of a bad result,” he said. “I’ll handle (these) issues in January, but against Choi, I’ll be ready and nothing will stop me this time. I’ll just do my best and end this year with a win hopefully. Then I’ll focus on 2009 and work on the further steps in my career.”
Overeem was handily beating Cro Cop throughout their September bout, however on two separate occasions, he landed illegal knees to Cro Cop’s groin, with the second one leaving him unable to continue.