As the MMA world waits to see who the UFC books to fight Alistair Overeem the next, the decorated heavyweight is pretty sure it won’t be fellow PRIDE vet, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic.
The fought before way back in 2008, when both heavyweights were with DREAM. The highly anticipated fight failed to deliver, however, “Cro Cop” took a big knee to the groin and was unable to continue.
Well, recently “The Reem” appeared on “Submission Radio”, and the 34 year-old was reportedly asked about the likelihood of a rematch with “Cro Cop” materializing. Here is what Overeem had to say (quotes via Bloody Elbow.com):
“Actually, I don’t think so, because he’s got a bad memory of me. In the fight, if we’re going to be honest, I beat him and I broke him mentally, and I think – when I see him out it’s all good, it’s all good – but he’s the kind of a guy that holds a grudge from deep within, and I think that’s still a little bit in there.”
“I don’t think so because for him I’m a headache. He knows that.”
Chances are Filipovic and his legion of fans will disagree with Overeem on this no? Now, whether or not “Cro Cop” wants to rematch Overeem aside, is it a bout the UFC would consider anyways?
There’s no question that it would move tickets, particularly in Europe or Japan, but from a rankings perspective it doesn’t make sense for Overeem. He’s currently sitting at #8 while “Cro Cop” is #15, so in other words, he would have everything to lose.
Plus, Overeem has been calling for a bout with Junior dos Santos recently, who remains the #2 contender.
Filipovic returned to the UFC in April and came from behind to stop Gabriel Gonzaga in round three.