(While the nostalgia factor is great here, the poster could use a lot more sand-punching IMO.)
Maybe it’s the positively beautiful weather outside, maybe it’s the fact that I’m on my fourth vaportini of the day, but I’ll admit that I started giggling like a ten year-old girl when I heard that a rematch between Mirko Cro Cop and Aleksander Emelianenko will be happening by the end of the year. A TEN YEAR-OLD GIRL, I TELLS YA (Via Fighter’sOnly):
The news comes via Croatian outlet FightSite.hr via Filipovic’s manager Orsat Zovko, also the promoter of CroCop’s ‘Final Fight’ kickboxing show in Zagreb.
Apparently the rematch will take place in October or November under the banner of the new Russian promotion ‘Legend’, which recently staged its first event, headlined by Badr Hari and Zabit Samedov.
“After winning the K-1 WGP title, we had offers coming from all over the world, from Brazilians who were one of the most determined, to Japan, U.S. and Europe. My suggestion to Mirko, after winning his first K-1 WGP title was that he takes a good two months rest before we even think about next match,” Zovko is quoted as saying.
“After intense negotiations in last month, we concluded that he will be fighting at least two or perhaps even three times until by the end of 2013. Each fight has to be a special challenge for him.”
Funny how negotiations with Cro Cop are always described as “intense.” It’s almost as if Zovko didn’t realize that the the HK UMP his client was brandishing throughout the process was for comedic purposes only.
After the jump: Cro Cop vs. Emelianenko 1 in it’s entirety. Because PRIDE.
(Fight starts at the 8:20 mark.)
Emelianenko and Cro Cop first met back in 2004 at PRIDE FC – Final Conflict, with “The Croatian Sensation” as he’s called by nobody emerging victorious by way of his patented left high kick KO. After suffering setbacks in the UFC and the Morlock Fight League, respectively, both Cro Cop and Emelianenko have experienced some semblance of a career comeback lately, with the former winning his first ever K1 Grand Prix tournament in March and the latter scoring an improbable come-from-behind KO over the previously undefeated Bob Sapp in May.
Needless to say, if you aren’t the least bit excited for this rematch, then you are a worthless noob who should go jerk off to Fight Master and clean up the mess with your Tapout T-shirt. You know, the one that always smells like bitch, you noob.