(‘Do not mistake my kindness for weakness, my friend.’)
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic writes on his blog that he has signed the contract to make the rumored bout with Korean giant Hong Man Choi official. It will be contested under MMA rules, not K-1 kickboxing rules, which is nice for Cro Cop, who is hoping to end this rough year on a high note:
I must say I’m happy with this opportunity to fight again in this year. This wasn’t the best year for me and I’m hoping that I’ll end it in a good spirit. I’m also happy to fight again in Japan at New Year’s Eve, which is always truly a fantastic experience.
Although I’m still having some difficulties with my old injuries there won’t be any excuses left in case of a bad result. I’ll handle this issues in January, but against Choi I’ll be ready and nothing will stop me this time. I’ll just do my best and end this year with a win hopefully. Then I’ll focus on 2009 and work on the further steps in my career.
You know something, it really has been a tough year for Cro Cop. He’s struggled with injuries, got his testicles smashed by Overeem, had his training partner busted for being a serial armed robber, and then there’s that whole weirdo video game thing. Fortunately, fighting a giant on New Year’s Eve is an old Croatian folk remedy guaranteed to bring good luck. It works best if you also sleep with a virgin on the same night, though isn’t that the story with all Croatian folk remedies?
But hold up, American fans, there’s a strong possibility we may not even get to see the big K-1 Dynamite show. HDNet Fights CEO Andrew Simon tells MMA Fanhouse that since their contract is with K-1, and since Dynamite is not technically a K-1 show, it’s a bit of a tricky situation. If HDNet isn’t showing it that means it may not air in the states at all. Which would be, as the kids say, a total bummer. Let’s hope they work something out.