MMANews.com's Jacob Sphraler reporting …
Finally after lots of rumors and speculation, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic's opponent for his DREAM debut has been announced. Stepping up to face the dangerous Croatian, will be Pancrase vet Tatsuya Mizuno. Many had thought that Cro Cop would take on PRIDE and K-1 HERO'S vet Yoshihiro Nakao, but an official announcement was never made.
Cro Cop is trying to rebound after consecutive losses in the UFC where he was defeated by Gabriel Gonzaga and Chieck Kongo. In both fights Mirko was a heavy favorite, but he just never showed the same killer instinct in the octagon that he had in the ring. Mizuno seems to be the perfect opponent to get back into the swing of things.
Mizuno brings a 3-2 record into the fight. All five of his fights have taken place in the Pancrase organization. His most noticeable opponents were Assuerio Silva and Thiago Silva, both of which he lost to by TKO and KO respectively.
HEIWA DREAM.1 Light Weight Grand Prix 2008 1st Round
March 15, 2008
Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan
-Shinya Aoki vs. Gesias “JZ” Calvancante
-Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Kultar “Black Mamba” Gill
-Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Luiz “Buscape” Firmino
-Joachim Hansen vs. Koutetsu Boku
-Eddie Alvarez vs. Andre “Dida” Amade
-Mitsuhiro Ishida vs. Bu-Kyung Jung
-Katsuhiko Nagata vs. Artur Oumakhanov
-Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Tatsuya Mizuno
-Hayato “Mach” Sakurai vs. Hidetaka Monma