Mirko Cro Cop will return to Japan for his comeback fight after today announcing a three fight deal with FEG, the parent company of Dream and K1. Leading Croatian sports website Sportal broke the news. Cro Cop's first fight will most likely take place in July.
“The wish of the Japanese promotions is for me to fight Overeem in a K1 rules bout in July. I’m all for continuing our battle from last year.” said Cro Cop.
The Japanese promotion Dream where quick to react after it was revealed that Cro Cop was close to signing a deal with the UFC. Dream has offered Cro Cop three fights, two under mixed martial arts rules. One of those could be a December bout with Fedor Emelianenko. Since his 2005 loss to Fedor, Cro Cop has had a strong desire to rematch the worlds best MMA heavyweight.
“It was on NYE that I fought Fedor and I hope for a return bout this year.”
There were rumors that Cro Cop could take part in a fight in Belgrade, Serbia however Filipović vehemently denied those rumours when we contacted him.
“No, no one from Belgrade called me. Nor do I know of an organization that would be able to put on a show over there. I don’t plan to fight there.”
Cro Cop knee is recovering better than expected and hence his return remains ahead of schedule. The Croatian will start boxing in three weeks and will incorporate kicks in his training in May.
(Translation by Robert K from “Free Fight Videos” Via Sportal)