Japanese fighter Yoshihiro Nakao has been named as the opponent for Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic in a heavyweight match to take place in Japan on March 15 in the newly formed DREAM promotion, according to MMA Junkie. News of Cro Copâ€™s opponent first broke earlier today via his web blog:
“A little over an hour ago I was contacted by DREAM officials. They informed me that my opponent on March 15 will be Yoshihiro Nakao from Japan. It was very important for me to fight as soon as possible and I’m happy that DREAM was able to find the opponent for me.”
Yoshihiro Nakao has competed in K-1 and Pride FC since 2003 and is currently 6-1-0 in his professional MMA career. Nakao has notable wins over Don Frye and Wesley Correira, with his only loss coming from Kazuhiro Nakamura.
DREAMâ€™s March 15th event will mark Cro Copâ€™s return to the world of mixed martial arts, following a pair of disappointing losses in the UFC to Gabriel Gonzaga, and most recently to Cheick Kongo at UFC 75.