A pretty big rumor originating from a Croatian daily newspaper has hit the internet. Either a major Affliction-DREAM co-promotion is going down in Japan, or one Croatian sportswriter got a little creative with his writing, because this would be pretty big news if it’s true.
According to a story on Jutarnji.hr, which I’m told is a credible source, Affliction and DREAM will be partnering up to co-promote a event on July 20, featuring fights between Fedor Emelianenko and Jeff Monson, Alistair Overeem and Mirko Cro Cop, and Andrei Arlovski and Josh Barnett. Here’s the translation of the story courtesy of Robert at Betwwx.com.
“Cro Cop: I’ll revenge Overeem in July”
Despite being out of the action for all of 2009, Cro Cop is getting more offers than ever before in his career.
A total of five MMA organizations (Two Japanese and three American) would like to see Cro Cop fight for them. Cro Cop, for now, is leaning towards Dream. He wants to return to the ring as soon as possible but all options remain on the table.
The only certainty is a bout in a Affliction – Dream co-promotion in Japan on 20th July. Mirko will be fighting Alistar Overeem. Their last fight left us with more questions than answers. These two competitors will finally meet in July.
Other notable names on that card include Fedor Emelianenko. The worlds best heavwtweight will meet American Jeff Monson. Josh Barnet and Andrei Arlovski will also battle it out.
“I’m looking forward to fighting Overeem on 20th July and I cant wait to enter the ring. July is still a long way off. In the next few days I will know more about my schedule for 2009. I want to fight at least another four times this year, and I plan to fight five times in 2010.” – explains Mirko adding that this year will mark his return to form.
Yes, it does sound a little too good to be true, but it does make sense when you consider that Affliction has to pay their fighters, at least their bigger names according to previous reports, for a third fight whether they actually give them a fight or not. At least this way, it seems to allow Affliction to honor their contractual obligations to the fighters without actually having to foot the bill for holding their own event in the states.
Also, as you probably remember from last weekend, Alistair Overeem, said he plans to defend his Strikeforce title on June 6. Of course, that’s not official, so he could always take the DREAM fight instead, or even fight on both cards. Nevertheless, it’s still something to keep in mind.
But, like I said, this is a just a rumor at this point, so take it with a grain of salt for now. I’m sure we’ll hear something soon one way or the other.