Looks like those who said Cro Cop vs. Overeem would happen can now be singing a different tune, being that the fight will not take place as expected. 6th-Round.com speculated there’s been too much uncertainty with both men in the past, and Cro Cop also mentioned he may not have been 100% going into the year-end match due to knee issues.

Injuries have been commonplace for the once-dominant Croation, and things do not appear to be getting better in terms of opportunities for him to be raising his stock in the world heavyweight rankings.

The Head Official for K-1 (the popular Japanese MMA org which was to host the bout, possibly with DREAM) had the following to say, in a recent press interview.

In regards to Rumors with Alistair VS Mirko Cro Cop for the rematch. Alistair is begging for the rematch, however it will be a different card for this event.

Looks like 2009 will be the year for this widely rumored rematch to go down. Cro Cop could not continue in his 2008 showdown the trash-talking Alistair Overeem, due to Overeem’s illegal knees to the groin.