Mirko Cro Cop Signs With K-1 “Dream”, Released By The UFC

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Its official, at a press conference today in Tokyo, Mirko Cro Cop has stated that he has official been released by the UFC and will now fight on March 15 for the new promotion “Dream”, as reported by the Wrestling Observer.

Dreams is a replacement for K-1 Heros which has officially closed its doors. Dream is to hold 6-7 shows in 2008 and will co-promote with M-1 fighter Fedor Emelianenko and Royce Gracie.

Mirko Cro Cop’s tenure in UFC is officially over as he showed up at Wednesday’s press conference at Hotel Metropolitan in Tokyo for the announcement of the debut of a new promotion.

Cro Cop was released from his UFC contract and said he would appear on the debut of a new group, a combined effort of K-1 and the former Pride promotion, which takes place on 3/15 at the Saitama Super Arena.

Staff from K-1 and the former Pride staff, led by K-1 head Sadaharu Tanikawa and Keeichi Sasahara, who was Nobuyuki Sakakibara’s second in command in Pride, were at the event.

Dream 2008 Schedule

Dream – March 15 – Saitama Superarena – Lightweight GP Round 1
Dream – April 29 – Saitama Superarena – Middleweight GP Round 1
Dream – May 11 – Saitama Superarena – Lightweight GP Round 2
Dream – Begining of June – Korea or Yokohama Arena – Middleweight GP Round 2
Dream – July 21 – Osaka Jo-Hall – Lightweight GP Finals
Dream – Begining of Sept. – Saitama Superarena- Middleweight GP Finals

Cro Cop Leaving The UFC, Heading To K-1?

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According to the Wrestling Observer, rumors around Japan are that Mirko Cro Cop will announce tomorrow at a press conference in Japan, that he has signed with K-1 to fight in their new MMA organization set to replace the current K-1Heros.

This might support rumors that the UFC was looking to release Cro Cop from his contract, since Cro Cop makes a reported 350k+ a fight under his current UFC contract.

Reports from Japan, as well as a web site post by Mirko Cro Cop both state Cro Cop will be in Japan tomorrow for a press conference put on by Fighting Entertainment Group (K-1), which will announce the debut of a new MMA promotion to take the place of its Hero’s division.

Cro Cop was the most popular foreign MMA fighter in Japan when he signed a six-fight deal at the end of 2006 with UFC. After going 1-2 in UFC, it was known UFC was considering cutting him from the deal due to the high cost of his contract.

His heading to the opening of the new group would make it likely that is how things turned out but we haven’t had that confirmed from the UFC side.

K-1 Dynamite!! Quick Results

K-1 Dynamite 2007 NYE

K-1′s Dynamite NYE show takes place at Kyocera Dome in Osaka, Japan. The card will have 7 MMA bouts as well as 8 Kickboxing bouts. This will be the most watched MMA event of the year, given K-1 has broadcasting deals set up around the world. (Estimated 30 million viewers)

MAIN CARD

  • Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Masakatsu Funaki*
    Result: Kazushi Sakaraba defeats Masakatsu Funaki by Submission(Kimura) in R1.
  • Kid Yamamoto vs. Rani Yahya*
    Result: Kid Yamamoto defeats Rani Yahya by KO in R2.
  • Bob Sapp vs. Bobby Ologun*
    Result: Bob Sapp defeats Bobby Ologun by KO in R1.
  • Masato vs. Yong Soo Choi
    Result: Masato defeats Yong Soo Choi by TKO R3.
  • Musashi vs. Bernard Ackah
    Result: Musashi defeats Bernard Ackah by KO in R3.
  • Yudai vs. Hiroya
    Result: Yudai defeats Hiroya by Split Decision.
  • Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Hideo Tokoro*
    Result: Tamura defeats Hideo Tokoro by Submission (Kimura) in R3.
  • Zuluzinho vs. Ikuhisa Minowa
    Result: Zulu defeats Ikuhisa Minowa by TKO in R3.
  • Nicholas Pettas vs. Kim Young Hyun
    Result: Nicholas Pettas defeats Kim Young Hyun by TKO in R2.
  • Melvin Manhoef vs. Yosuke Nishijima*
    Result: Melvin Manhoef defeats Yosuke Nishijima by KO in R1.
  • Joachim Hansen vs. Kazuyuki Miyata*
    Result: Joachim Hansen defeats Kazuyki Miyata by Submission in R2.
  • Yudia vs. Kenji Kubo
    Result: Yudia defeats Kenji Kubo by Decision.
  • Hiroya vs. Tsukasa Fuji
    Result: Hiroya defeats Tsukasa Fuji by Decision.

*MMA Bouts