After snubbing the UFC and bolting for DREAM following his UFC 99 win on Saturday, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic will attempt to keep his promise of fighting three more times before the end of the year, agreeing to fight Siala “Mighty Mo” Siliga at DREAM 10 on July 20 in Saitama, Japan, according to SI.com.
Competing under a special one-fight deal, Cro Cop (25-6-2) defeated Mostapha Al-Turk via controversial first-round TKO at the event in Cologne, Germany. Despite vowing that he’d agree to a new contract with the promotion for at least two more fights should he win his UFC 99 matchup, Filipovic instead signed a three-fight deal with DREAM. Cro Cop is 8-2 with 1 no contest dating back to 2006, including wins over Wanderlei Silva and Josh Barnett, but has struggled of late. After losing back-to-back UFC bouts to Gabriel Gonzaga and Cheick Kongo in 2007, Cro Cop recorded victories over weak competition in Tatsuya Mizuno, Hong Man Choi and Al-Turk and looked unimpressive in a no contest to Alistair Overeem late last year.
Mighty Mo (3-1), a kickboxer who had lost five-straight bouts prior to an August victory, suffered a first-round submission loss to Semmy Schilt at Dynamite!! 2008 in late-December in his most-recent MMA contest, his first fight in nearly a year-and-a-half.
DREAM 10 features Shinya Aoki vs. Vitor Ribeiro and Paulo Filho vs. Melvin Manhoef, as well as the semifinals and finals of the promotion’s welterweight tournament.
[Pictured: Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic]