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Cro Cop Makes Another Non-Announcement


(My shorts rock the party!)

Rumors have been swirling about Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic’s retirement/leaving the UFC/switching organizations for the past week or so. He currently makes $350k per fight, plus bonuses and was signed to the contract when many thought he would dominate his division. After losing 2 of 3 fights and having no appeal for the UFC, Dana White has asked Cro Cop to sign a somewhat less-lucrative contract – the option being to re-sign or to sit out the remainder of the contract.

Has Cro Cop made a decision? Here’s yesterday’s non-announcement from his personal blog:

“I promised to share some news with you today and I feel bad by not doing so. There are some reasons for this that I can’t speak of at the moment. However, I promise to make the statement as soon as possible. Thank you for supporting me and I hope that little more patience is not too much to ask.”

And then today, he followed that up with a prelude to an announcement:

“I’m off to Tokyo! A big announcement will come straight from Japan tomorrow (February 13). When the official part is done I’ll be able to provide more information about everything, and believe me, I have many things to say. What you could easily guess by now is that I won’t be retiring. I’ll keep on fighting, it’s my life, it’s what I do.”

So he promised an announcement tomorrow (the 13th). And you’ve got to love the classic Dana in this one. He’s more than willing to let – actually make – Cro Cop sit out the remainder of his contract, and is equally as willing to dump millions on a lawsuit against Randy Couture for wanting to do the same thing.

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Onanistic- February 12, 2008 at 1:56 pm
This is a perfect example of why Dana White is going to be great for the SPORT of MMA. The way that Dana and the UFC handle their fighters is going to move the sport closer to a more fighter-centric business model. Right now, because they are the biggest player in town they can pull crap like this and the fighters have to deal with it. But as more talented fighters move from the UFC to other organizations and the TV money eventually follows the talented fighters, we will see things change. Think about it; fans want to see fighters not orgs. If Randy Couture is fighting in the UFC or M1 or whereever, people will pay to watch. Questionable business dealings only get you so far and then things begin to catch up with you.
ankalagon- February 12, 2008 at 9:36 am
he is croatian
Kimbo's Lice- February 12, 2008 at 2:19 am
I know those shorts are supposed to be the Czech flag, but I always think "dog chow."
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