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Mirko Cro Cop confirms rematch with Alistair Overeem on NYE

In a new interview with, Mirko Cro Cop has confirmed that he will face off against Alistair Overeem in a rematch of their bout at last month’s DREAM 6 event. The rematch will take place at K-1 Dynamite!! 2008 on New Year’s Eve at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan.

Cro Cop also confirmed that he will be fighting on an injured knee that will require surgery almost immediately after the fight.

“I’ve had several operations this year, and I’ll have to undergo another one straight after the NYE event. It’s frustrating to have to undergo all these operations but that’s the sportsman’s life. Many others have had it worse then me,” the Croatian said during the interview.

The first bout between the two, which was mostly controlled by Overeem’s ground game, ended in a no contest due to inadvertent groin strikes. Overeem hit Cro Cop with two strikes to the groin, the second strike sending Cro Cop to the mat for good. The pain was so unbearable that Cro Cop was unable to continue. During the broadcast, commentators Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice were notified that Cro Cop’s right testicle had been knocked back up inside his body.

Cro Cop has not been too successful since signing with the UFC in 2006, going 2-2 in his last four fights with wins over lackluster opponents in Eddie Sanchez and Tatsuya Mizuno and losses to Gabriel Gonzaga and Cheick Kongo plus the no contest with Overeem.

Overeem, on the other hand, was riding a three fight win streak into last month’s fight with Cro Cop, notching wins over Paul Buentello, Tae Hyun Lee, and Mark Hunt.

K-1 Dynamite!! 2008 is set to feature five kickboxing matches and five MMA fights including a bout between American Top Team’s Gesias Calvancante and DREAM lightweight champion Joachim Hansen.

  • Shatner says:

    I would give my right arm to see the “old” CroCop back in action. Especially against Overeem.

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  • JoHn says:

    he doesnt need your right arm, he needs your right testicle

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  • ViciousUppercut says:

    I would give my TESTICLE that’s been up inside of my body to see the Cro Cop of old beat down Overeem

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  • Rich S. says:

    wouldn’t we all..

    i love me some cro cop..
    and i hate to say this..


    after what we saw last time around, i can’t help but think that Overeem’s size and power will help him dominate, yet again..

    i’ll STILL be rootin’ for CC though..

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  • derreckla says:

    Does anyone really care?

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  • Shatner says:

    Apparently read the other posts!

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  • bloodyfart says:

    Vicious delicous uppercut, i did give my right testicle to see the first fight……

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  • G-DUB says:

    Fairly apparent from their first fight that Overeem was just too big and powerful for Cro Cop to handle at this point in his career. Cro Cop just looked old, lost, and of dimished skills and, had it not been stopped due to the testicle debacle, it’s pretty clear that Overeem would’ve taken him. Only chance Mirko has is one of those vicious high kicks, but I think he’s slowed down so much that Overeem could probably defend them adequately enough to avoid a devastating KO.
    Pretty sad to see a former very BAD MAN sink to mediocrity.

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