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'Cro Cop' vs. Gracie in a grappling match at DREAM 4

If you take away Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic's dangerous kicks, what do you have left?

That question will be answered when "Cro Cop" takes on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Ralek Gracie in a grappling match at DREAM 4 on June 15 in Saitama, Japan.

In the two five-minute rounds match, no points will be tallied. This means a winner will only be decided if a submission occurs, otherwise the match will be declared a draw.

"This is probably something you didn't see coming," the Croatian striker wrote on his blog. "It came really out of blue. However, in a given circumstances, this is a unique opportunity for me to test my ground game against top level competition and it's going to be exciting."

"Cro Cop" trains grappling with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu expert Marcio Corletta, whom "Cro Cop" enlisted last year for his preparations to fight Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 70.

Sixteen of "Cro Cop"'s twenty-three wins have come by (T)KO, while four have come by submissions. However, all four of those submissions were due to either strikes or injury.

"Cro Cop" was scheduled to compete on the card in a mixed martial arts bout against fellow K-1 veteran Jerome LeBanner, but the fight has been postponed until DREAM 5 on July 21.

DREAM 4: Middleweight Grand Prix 2008 2nd Round
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan

Middleweight Grand Prix
Gegard Mousasi vs. Dong-Sik Yoon
Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Melvin Manhoef
Zelg Gelasic vs. Taiei Kin
Jason "Mayhem" Miller vs. Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza

Lightweight Grand Prix
Shinya Aoki vs. Katsuhiko Nagata

Grappling Match
Mirko "Cro Cop" vs. Ralek Gracie

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