In yesterdays press conference for Fields Dynamite FEG executive Sadaharu Tanigawa made if official that Mirko Cro Cop would not be fighting Alistair Overeem.
“Alistair is begging for this fight but this fight will not go ahead on NY eve at Fields Dynamite. We will look to mach them up on a different card.”
Mirko Cro Cop is a huge star in Japan and this match-up clearly doesn’t interest the Japanese public at moment. I’m sure FEG will match him with a bigger name. As for Overeem a rubber match with Sergei Kharitonov looks likely.
For some reason, no on in Japan seems to give a shit about Crocop / Overeem. I didn’t either until all that beef broke out between the two, but now I’m starting to look forward to seeing them go at it again. Still, you can’t blame FEG execs for not wanting to ‘reward’ Overeem for basically fucking up DREAM.6 with his sloppy knee-to-nuts work. This year’s Dynamite event could be considered the most important Dynamite in the history of the company. If it doesn’t produce big numbers … it would be bad.
That being said, what excites the Japanese isn’t always what excites us North Americans. Be prepared for something stupid like Mirko Crocop vs a TV show host, or if FEG is feeling particularly vengeful this New Years Eve … Mirko vs Akiyama.
(Hat tip to Robert at Free Fight Videos)