According to published reports, Croatian sensation (ahem, three years ago) Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has been offered a three-fight contract with Dream/K-1.
According to the popular British MMA magazine, Fighters Only, Cro Cop is on the cusp of signing a deal that would include a rematch with bitter rival Alistair Overeem. The bout would be conducted under K-1 rules.
Also, there would be a possibility of him earning a rematch against WAMMA heavyweight champ Fedor Emelianenko. CC lost a unanimous decision to the Russian at Pride 30 back in 2005.
Earlier this year, UFC president Dana White professed that he would be interested in bringing the disappointing striker back to the UFC, however it appears that door has now slammed shut.
Cro Cop entered the Octagon with much hype back in 2007, however only manged a 1-2 record, including a highlight reel head kick from Gabriel Gonzaga that sent him to the canvas in one of the biggest upsets in MMA history.
At the time of his UFC departure, it was reported that both sides agreed that it would be best for all involved to let Cro Cop out of his contract. That might be the case, but don’t believe for a second that the UFC wasn’t partying it up when they found out they wouldn’t have to honor his mammoth contract.
Since his departure, Cro Cop seems to have found his groove in Japan, going 2-0-1. However, it should be noted that the no contest stemmed from his bout with Overeem when the Dutchman was manhandling him throughout their Dream.6 bout.
Unfortunately for Overeem, for some reason, Cro Cop wasn’t able to take excessive illegal knees to the groin.
A key selling point for CC staying overseas was that Dream is planning to put together a Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament, which would include Emelianenko.
No date has been set for when that tournament might take place.