During a press conference held yesterday in Japan Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic announced that he has left the UFC and has signed with the upstart DREAM organization.
The promotion is a joint effort between FEG, the company behind K-1 and HERO’S, and former PRIDE executives.
Following four-straight wins in PRIDE, including victories over Wanderlei Silva and Josh Barnett, many expected “Cro Cop” to excel in the UFC. In his octagon debut Filipovic defeated Eddie Sanchez via first-round TKO. He was next handed back-to-back losses for the first time in his career by Gabriel Gonzaga and Cheick Kongo.
“Cro Cop” will make his debut for the promotion on March 15th at DREAM 1 against a yet-to-be-named opponent. DREAM 1, which will take place at the Saitama Super Arena is Saitama, Japan, will feature the opening round of a lightweight grand prix. Notable fighters scheduled to participate in the tournament include Shinya Aoki, J.Z. Calvancanti, Andre Dida, Caol Uno, Joachim Hansen, Gilbert Melendez, and Luiz Azeredo.