Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.
Former UFC and PRIDE heavyweight title contender Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic will reportedly take on fellow former K-1 kickboxer Jerome LeBanner at DREAM’s planned fourth show on June 16th in Japan.
The Croatian was victorious at DREAM’s inaugural event last month, stopping Pancrase veteran Tatsuya Mizuno with strikes less than a minute into the first round. The fight will be Cro Cop’s second since going 1-2 in an unsuccessful stint with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The Croatian is currently on a hiatus from competing in the promotion. UFC President Dana White has stated that he believes Cro Cop will be returning before the end of the year.
LeBanner has not fought since knocking out journeyman Jimmy Ambriz at a K-1 Hero’s event in March 2006. LeBanner is 3-1-1 thus far in his professional mixed martial arts career and also owns wins over Bob Sapp and Yoshihiro Akiyama.
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