Fedor Emelianenko could face winner of Overeem vs. Filipovic on New Year’s eve in Japan

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.

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