Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Multiple Croatian television and print reports are stating that former PRIDE standout Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and reigning Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem will indeed clash at DREAM.6, which will take place on September 23 at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan.
The reports cite DREAM officials as confirming the bout. The two were previously rumored to be fighting at the event for weeks now but contradicting reports stated that neither fighter would be matched up against each other at the show.
Overeem has long believed that Filipovic was ducking a potential showdown with him. He will now apparently get his wish against a fellow dangerous kickboxer.
Filipovic left the Ultimate Fighting Championship following a disappointing 1-2 stint in the organization, where he was defeated by Gabriel Gonzaga and Cheick Kongo in consecutive fights. He bounced back to earn a first-round TKO of Tatsuya Mizuno at DREAM.1 in March.
After losing five times over the past two years, Overeem has won his last three fights. After defeating Paul Buentello and winning the vacant Strikeforce heavyweight title last November, Overeem recently went on to score a knockout of Tae Hyun Lee at DREAM.4 and then a submission of Mark Hunt at DREAM.5.
DREAM.6 will feature the final round of the promotion’s inaugural grand prix. Melvin Manhoef will take on Gegard Mousasi and Zelg Galesic will face Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza with the two winners meeting in the show’s main event.
Additional fights expected to take place on September 23 include a featherweight meeting between Hideo Tokoro and Atushi Yamamoto as well as the first-ever DREAM welterweight title bout between Hayato “Mach” Sakurai and Nick Diaz. Jason “Mayhem” Miller, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Ikuhisa Minowa, and Sergei Kharitonov are all also advertised as competing at the event.