Before Cro Cop gets a shot at the title he has to pass his toughest test in over a year when he faces Alistair Overeem this Tuesday, Sept. 23, at DREAM.6.

[UPDATE 9/22/08 9:29AM ET]Apparently at yesterday’s DREAM.6 pre-fight press conference, upon learning that ‘Mighty Mo’ had withdrawn from his fight with Sergei Kharitonov, Cro Cop, not short on confidence, decided why wait till New Year’s Eve to take out Kharitonov too.

“Well I’ve just heard that Mighty Mo is not going to fight since he is injured,” said a serious Filipovic. “We are all professional fighters. I’m ready to jump in, in his place. If Dream agrees, I’m ready to fight two fights tomorrow. It doesn’t mean that I underestimate Alistair, I would like to fight him first –- the fourth fight against him and the eleventh fight against Sergei. Sergei definitely trained hard for this and I’m sure he doesn’t want to go home without a fight.”

Then like a scene out of Bloodsport (at least that’s how I like to envision it), Overeem replied with this.

“I think after I fight Mirko, he will never fight again,” said Overeem before throwing down the microphone.

Cro Cop’s not going to get his wish though. Jimmy Ambriz has been named as the late replacement for ‘Mighty Mo.’