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Notes from Japan: Cro Cop vs. Overeem Off, Antonio Silva to Sengoku


(At ease, boys.)

Though the smack talk between Alistair Overeem and Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic has been heating up ever since their testicle-smashing meeting in September, it appears that Dream is not interested in a rematch on New Year’s Eve.  At a press conference an FEG executive said that Overeem is "begging" for the fight, but for reasons all their own Dream has decided to hold off on this one.

Fed up with Overeem’s insinuations that he’s ducking the fight, Cro Cop has gone so far as to invite his Dutch friend down to his basement where they can square off in Cro Cop’s own personal cage with "neutral referees."  As awesome as that sounds, and as perfect a plot for an action movie as it would be, it seems doubtful that Overeem will go for it.  Word is he’ll actually have a paying fight on New Year’s against Sergei Kharitonov.

In other Japanese MMA news, former EliteXC champ and steroid-denier Antonio Silva has signed with Sengoku and will fight on their Jan. 4 card against Yoshihiro "Kiss" Nakao.  You remember him, he’s the guy who made the mistake of showing his affection right on Heath Herring‘s lips, and then he got knocked out, because they don’t play like that where Herring is from.

Silva’s signing with Sengoku is a sign that he’s decided to just ignore his steroid suspension in California, which really amounts to a steroid suspension in the entire U.S.  Technically he can go fight in Japan while under suspension here.  No one will actually step in and stop him, anyway.  But if he ever wants to come back to the states it could get tricky, if not altogether impossible.  Maybe he’s hoping the CSAC will misplace his file with all the turnover there these days. 

Or maybe he figures that a big, kind of freakish-looking heavyweight belongs in Japan to begin with.  And maybe that’s a stance none of us can really disagree with. 

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jpkokanee- December 1, 2008 at 10:07 am
anyone else interested in seeing a hong man choi vs antonio silva?? how have the japanese not booked that for new years eve???
MMA Wannabe- November 30, 2008 at 8:34 pm
@Fedor Rules

First, let's see Hong Man Choi beat anyone of significance, instead of just being a huge kickboxer who is huge and kickboxes. Seriously, after watching some of Hung Dude's matches, that's all he has. Size and kickboxing. He has no ground game and gasses out faster than a lactose intolerant after winning 7-consecutive cheese eating contests. Choi would be demolished by the currently fading to black CroCop.
Fedor Rules- November 30, 2008 at 2:20 pm
Like it matters. Fedor is and always will be the best HW in the world lets see either of these guys beat Hong Man Choi then we'll talk.
Anonymous- November 30, 2008 at 5:30 am
100 percent on roids
Joey- November 30, 2008 at 1:07 am
Two things Crocop needs to do:

1) Buy a NuttyBuddy - these things can take 90mph fast balls!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQ28LuVmNgk

2) Drop to 205 pounds
MMA Wannabe- November 29, 2008 at 11:18 pm
I really think CroCop should consider a drop to 205. I think he'd stand a better chance of success there.
craig- November 29, 2008 at 9:50 pm
overeem is a bitch
matt- November 29, 2008 at 8:35 pm
shut up douche
the easy lover- November 29, 2008 at 6:08 pm
oh don't worry guys it's saturday who uses the internet on the weekend right? no need to update with blog while i'm stuck here at work with nothing to do.

:)- November 29, 2008 at 4:48 pm
New caption for that pic.

"Although it is not what it seems, Cro Cop is the body guard."
James- November 29, 2008 at 12:07 pm
WHY is Overeem fighting Kharitonov AGAIN? They just fought this year for fucks sake.
Hlem- November 29, 2008 at 11:57 am
@ K.E.G.. Too true.

I lived in Japan for a long time and knew some people involved with various MMA organizations: there is no
testing.

I also remember Overeem's body not too long ago- somethings rotten in holland (he's got that puffy face and bad skin that you often see on juicers too).
Mirko- November 29, 2008 at 11:57 am
Every fight I have not had victory achieved in is due to my pesky nasal strips.
I will happily kick prowrestlers in the head this New Years if there is a pay-cheque going.
greenseed- November 29, 2008 at 11:46 am
oh and i almost forgot
Good Success to you
and Pleasant Winters
filmdrunk- November 29, 2008 at 11:40 am
Wow, thanks Mukesh! As a Marketing Specialist who advertises in the comments section of a blog, you seem to really have it all figured out!
greenseed- November 29, 2008 at 11:38 am
^ DON'T DO IT ^
K.E.G.- November 29, 2008 at 10:42 am
Crocop needs to fight overeem in the US, I don't think overeem would be the same fighter he is in Japan, if you know what I mean. It's weird how some of these fighters go into such late in life growth spurts.
SB- November 29, 2008 at 10:22 am
Josh Barnett did the same exact thing as Silva. So it probably wont be tricky at all. If he can pass the next test when/if he comes back to fight in the states he'll be fine.
emo sux- November 29, 2008 at 10:18 am
Overeem is one of the top 10 pound for pound most annoying fighters in the world list...
Mark- November 29, 2008 at 9:43 am
CroCop is far from done - He'll get back on his horse, just needs some time. Overeem on the other hand is honestly terrible. He is a borderline step above a journeyman. He has a terrible chin and hasn't fought anyone worth fighting since he got knocked out by Rua in 07 and before that he got ko'd by Arona. All the sudden he thinks he's a top 10er b/c he beat up the 97 year old Gary Goodridge and the far from prime Paul Buentello. Overeem needs to shut his face before someone puts him into a coma.
cro crops basement - November 29, 2008 at 9:25 am
yeah, i watched crocrop and overeems first fight last night on hd net . cro crop was gettin his ass kicked the whole time before those knees to the nuts. he would of lost any way
JTho- November 29, 2008 at 9:12 am
CroCop is done.
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