Overeem Has No Respect For Cro Cop, Looking For Revenge Come NYE


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Just as the dust settles on DREAM 6, Index.hr. was able to sit down with Alistair Overeem to get his side of the story, following his “No Contest” ruling for knees to the groin against Mirko Cro Cop at DREAM 6.

Overeem “Cro Cop is arrogant, thinks he’s a superstar but I’ve got a surprise for him”

Why do you have such animosity toward Mirko? Why has it become personal for you?

A.O: I honestly believe that Mirko is very arrogant person, he see’s himself as a superstar, something which he is not. We’re all just people and the important thing is that we stay respectful and be modest. I highly value respect and modesty in a person.

However it was you that began disrespecting Mirko first.

Yes that is true. He fought an very easy opponent at Dream 1 however the entire time he claimed he wanted to fight only the best. I thought it was important to declare my desire to fight him publicly and openly to the Dream officials and fans.

You’ve said that Mirko was looking for a way out of that fight and that was ducking you before the match even?

That’s true. He was looking for a way out. He could not hold on any longer. He was finished basically. We’ll just have to wait and see if he’ll hide again as he has in the past or step up for the revenge at NYE event.

Cro Cop says he’s the better fighter and that would his superior technique would have given him the victory in the end?

He can say what ever he wants, I don’t want to continue with the same dialogue. Just tell him I’ve got a big surprise waiting for him at NYE.

You’ve gained over 15 kilograms in a very short period of time, conditioning has been your biggest problem to date. Part of Mirko’s game plan in part was to drag you into a long battle and to expose your stamina.

That’s totally false. My new size will not hinder me in the least. I don’t have any issues with stamina or conditioning. The new mass has made me stronger and has only improved me as a fighter.

In the first fight Cro Cop wasn’t able to use his famous left leg. What do you put that down to?

“Its very simple. I’m not scared of his left leg.” Concluded the smiling Overeem.

TG [Betwwx] for the translation.


  1. steve

    October 6, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    I thnk a lot of what he is saying is right. I think he was on his way to pounded crocop out. He may have KO'd him with G and P and yeah I thnk cro cop was looking for a way out to. Also u shouldnt claim to only want to fight the best fighters and then fight the opponent he faced at Dream 1 that guy was NOT on Cro Cops level. Not even close to be calling a top fighter and basically a no name but I can understand that CroCop just wanted to get a win under his blet and gain some confidence but I really think Overeem has his number. Overeem has had trouble with conditioning in the past though. It cost him against Chuck and Shogun. He has great potential and he looks like he should star as a right hand man in a bond movie lol. He looks like an Evil Henchman with that scar.

  2. DanP

    October 6, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    If you watch back to the earlier Pride Shows when Cro Cop first appeared on the scene – knocking everyone out with these vicious Leg kicks – He was a proper Arrogant Bastard… I think the sport has passed him by now!

    Just like it's passed by many great fighters… Like The Gracie's and Sakuraba, then Hughes & Ortiz and now Liddell…

    It happens and will continue to happen as the sport evolves – Just wait in 12 to 24 months time someone will come along and knock Anderson Silva off his pedistal

    Its Progress…

  3. danny

    October 7, 2008 at 2:51 am

    Yup Yup Anderson will get beat and the unbeatable status he had will be gone forever.

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