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 – 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