After publicly stating his interest in bringing Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic back to the UFC in January, UFC President Dana White may have just missed his chance to bring the Croatian heavyweight back to the company.
According to a report from British MMA magazine, Fighters Only, Filipovic has been offered a new three-fight deal from DREAM/K-1 that would include a fight with Alistair Overeem conducted under K-1 rules, as well as a possible future match-up with Fedor Emelianenko.
Filipovic had stated in recent weeks that he was considering a move back to the UFC where he went 1-2 with the company back in 2007. After drawing a ton of hype upon his debut in the UFC where he defeated Eddie Sanchez via first round TKO, “Cro Cop” went on to drop his next two consecutive bouts to Cheick Kongo and Gabriel Gonzaga which then led to his mutual release from the company. Filipovic then headed back to Japan where he has gone 2-0-1 since then.
The report also states that DREAM is looking to run a heavyweight grand prix this year that could include Emelianenko, Filipovic, Semmy Schilt, and others.