by: Jack Bratcher
It was announced on HDNet tonight during the DREAM 6 broadcast that the winner of Mirko “Crocop” Filipovic vs. Alistair Overeem could possibly face Fedor Emelianenko on New Year’s eve in Japan. But the fight ended up being a “No Contest” when CroCop could not continue after taking multiple knees to the groin. They actually said his right testicle was up inside him. So who should Fedor fight between these two?
Since Fedor had already defeated Crocop earlier in their career and also because Crocop seems to have lost much of the luster he held back in PRIDE, a fight between Fedor and Overeem is much more preferred than simply a rematch between Fedor and Crocop, at least in my opinion. Also, the fact that Overeem is just as good on the ground as he is standing, would make the match up with Fedor much more interesting than simply a straight-up striker like Crocop.
Fedor stepped into the ring and took the microphone in hand to speak to the Japanese crowd, who are huge fans of the PRIDE Heavyweight Champion. Fedor seemed in great spirits and had a large uncharacteristic smile. First he said he would like to train with the Japanese Olympic gold-medalist Ishi. Then Fedor said he looks forward to coming back to the Saitama Super Arena, in Japan for the New Year’s eve event.
With the very disappointing and controversial ending of the Crocop vs. Overeem fight, who knows what will happen with this now? Crocop was clearly getting manhandled. He had nothing for Overeem. The one left high kick he did throw got caught and his other leg immediately got swept so that the Croation ended up flat on his back where he then ate the ground and pound dinner Overeem served up. Fedor already beat the old Crocop, so putting Fedor in there with “today’s” Crocop is absolutely pointless. In fact, Crocop doesn’t deserve that fight. If we have to pick between these two guys, please make it Overeem! That would actually be a very entertaining fight. A properly prepared and well-trained Alistair Overeem is among the most dangerous heavyweights in the world.