Pride FC 2006 Open Weight grand Prix winner Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic (23-6-2) will indeed compete at Fields Dynamite!! at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, on December 31.
He will take on the 7’2" Hong Man Choi (1-1) in a heavyweight match under K-1 rules, according to K-1.kr.
It’s clearly not the fight that fans expected -- Cro Cop was supposed to rematch Alistair Overeem on the stacked New Year’s Eve card to settle their score once and for all. However, Fighting and Entertainment Group (FEG) recently pushed it to a different card to be held at some point down the road in 2009.
The pair first collided at DREAM 6.back in September, which resulted in a controversial "No Contest." "Demolition Man" delivered several illegal groin strikes during the bout, leaving the UFC washout writhing in pain on the canvas.
Overeem -- who appeared to be winning the fight before it was halted -- thought it was all an act and called for an immediate rematch. He continues to allege that Cro Cop is ducking him -- a charge that the Croatian vehemently denies.
Whatever … it’s time to move on.
Cro Cop has not looked right in about two years. The once-feared striker has battled injuries, appearing listless and lost since leaving Pride FC almost exactly two years ago. Perhaps a battle against the "Techno Goliath" can help him recapture some of that swagger heading into the New Year.
For what it’s worth, Overeem is expected to tangle with dangerous Russian striker Sergei Kharitonov on this same card.
Fields Dynamite!! is the New Year’s Eve supershow featuring a smorgasbord of fighters under the umbrella of FEG coming together on one night to try and kick the crap out of each other. It will showcase participants from DREAM, K-1, K-1 MAX and K-1 Koshien, Fields Dynamite!!, featuring a wide variety of fighting styles and compelling match-ups.
Here is the scheduled card to date:
MMA RULES :
Heavyweight: Jerome LeBanner (3-1-1) vs. Mark Hunt (5-4)
Heavyweight: Alistair Overeem (29-11) vs. Sergei Kharitonov (15-3)**
Middleweight: Kazushi Sakuraba (24-11-1) vs. Kiyoshi Tamura (32-13-2)
Lightweight: Joachim Hansen (19-7-1) vs. Gesias Cavalcante (14-2-1)
Lightweight: Eddie Alvarez (15-1) vs. Shinya Aoki (18-3)
K-1 RULES :
Middleweight: Gegard Mousasi (24-2-1) vs. Musashi (49-28-5-1)
Heavyweight: Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic (23-6-2) vs. Hong Man Choi (1-1)**
Lightweight: Tatsuya Kawajiri (22-5-2) vs. Kozo Takeda (43-18-7)
K-1 KOSHIEN RULES:
U-18 Tournament Semifinals: HIROYA (9-1) vs. Shota Shimada (3-0)
U-18 Tournament Semifinals: Ryuya Kusakabe (2-0) vs. Koya Urabe (2-0)
U-18 Tournament Finals: Winner of HIROYA/Shimada vs. Winner of Kusakabe/Urabe
**Bout not confirmed by FEG
Stay tuned as this massive card continues to come together.