Alistair Overeem has confirmed that he will compete against Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic on New Year’s Eve in a bout to be featured during FEG’s annual “Dynamite!!” event at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
The former PRIDE star made the announcement during an exclusive interview with FiveOuncesOfPain.com contributing writing Cory Brady that will be appearing later this week.
Overeem, Strikeforce’s current heavyweight champion, fought to a no contest against Cro Cop at DREAM 6 this past September. The match was called to a stop in the first round after Cro Cop was the recipitient of multiple low blows from Overeem and was unable to continue fighting.
The two heavyweights engaged in a great deal of public trash talking leading up to the bout and the manner in which it ended has only added additional fuel to the heated feud.
Overeem has already competed in the wake of the Cro Cop fight, improving his record to 29-11 following a first round submission against Gary Goodridge courtesy of a Kimura during “Glory 10” on November 19 in the Netherlands.
In addition to Overeem vs. Cro Cop II, FEG’s “Dynamite!!” will also bouts between DREAM lightweight champion Joachim Hansen vs. Gesias “J.Z. Calvan” Calvancante in a non-title affair and Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Kiyoshi Tamura. Olympic Judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii, who is now reportedly a contracted FEG fighter, will make an appearance on the show as well.