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Cro Cop…OUT!


(“I got your pay cut right here…”)

And so ends the sad tale of Mirko Filipovic joining the UFC; alack, t’wasn’t meant to be.

After the UFC tried to downwardly re-negotiate terms on the the struggling heavyweight legend’s contract, Mirko Cro Cop said “Ne slažem se,” then flew to Japan where he announced his signing to a new fight club called DREAM. The Japanese promotion was recently founded by Fight Entertainment Group (owners of K-1) along with former executives of Dream Stage Entertainment (PRIDE).

We’re not so much feelin’ the name, but these dudes are coming out swinging: In addition to a heavyweight bout between Filipovic and a yet-unnamed opponent, DREAM’s inaugural show at the Saitama Super Arena on March 15th will also include the first round of a lightweight Grand Prix tournament which will feature that fight between Shinya Aoki and Gesias “JZ” Calvancante. Nightmare of Battle reports that such international stars as Gilbert Melendez, Andre Dida, Mitsuhiro Ishida, Caol Uno, Joachim Hansen, and Luiz Azeredo will also be participating in the tournament, and MMA Junkie says that Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto and Kazushi Sakuraba have been booked for bouts at the first DREAM show as well.

Though no formal statement from the UFC has been released yet, we’re looking forward to Dana White calling Cro Cop a “farce” who “isn’t a top-ten heavyweight anyway.”

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mmacoach- February 13, 2008 at 9:10 pm
I agree with or MMA. My point was that they do have shaky first outings. The other point I was trying to make is, those guys ARE the cream of the crop, AND they currently fight for UFC. Pride is stronger, you're right, steroids have that effect cako. You know they don't get tested over there right? Or is that all you have to say? They won't kill them if they don't have roids in their system.
cako- February 13, 2008 at 12:50 pm
CRO COP is the BEST.FUCK the UFC
cako- February 13, 2008 at 12:48 pm
pride is 10 times stronger then the ufc.
the top 5 from the pride will kill the top 5 from the UFC.
OrMMA- February 13, 2008 at 7:16 am
I disagree with the statement that PRIDE hasn't brought over some guys to wreck the UFC, while the UFC fighters have had a better track record, like Cro-cop getting knocked out, Shogun getting submitted, they have a few standouts
Heavyweight Champion:Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira(Ex-PRIDE)
Light Heavyweight champion:Quinton Jackson(Ex Pride)
Middleweight Champion:Anderson Silva(Ex-PRIDE)
Welterweight Champion:Georges St. Pierre(UFC)
Lightweight Champion:BJ.Penn(Till recently ex-ufc)

Thats 3-2 if you count BJ Penn, who left after....wow a contract dispute. I agree most PRIDE fighters get torn up in their UFC welcome, but the cream still rises to the top...Except for Heath Herring, I wish he would just go away...We already have 1 tall white guy who's boring to watch fight in the UFC
mmacoach- February 12, 2008 at 6:09 pm
To clarify, I said Fedor was the exception, but technically, he hasn't been tested by any of the UFC's elite heavyweights (except Nog, who he has never finished by the way, just won by decision). It would be interesting to see, but Fedor is living it up, beating up on tomato cans for big money.
mmacoach- February 12, 2008 at 6:03 pm
All of the top fighters in the UFC have beat either the best fighters in other noteworthy organizations or an opponent that has beat them. Of course Fedor is the exception. I'm not sure Fedor would dominate in UFC anyway, given the track record of PRIDE fighters making that switch. Big Nog is a UFC fighter, remember.
No1Dad- February 12, 2008 at 5:47 pm
"Why would it have ALL the best fighters in the world?"

Nobody said they have ALL the best fighters in the world. There is Fedor and a handful of others holdouts. But it is, without question, the best MMA organization in the world. To deny that simply because you dislike Dana or Zuffa is just silly. Maybe by this time next year the UFC will have serious competition. Its bound to happen eventually but at this point they are the best.
Foojita- February 12, 2008 at 4:32 pm
This is like reverse Randy Couture!
Olie- February 12, 2008 at 4:22 pm
No1Dad - UFC is cheesy enough and quite obviously doesn't give a crap about it's fighters. Why would it have ALL the best fighters in the world? Dana talks so much rubbish at times. It's a shame for Cro Cop. I wish he would have ended it on a high note, just to prove a point.
Dana white- February 12, 2008 at 4:21 pm
Cro cop is a fuckin loser, im Dana white king of the fuckin world...........
the.glza- February 12, 2008 at 3:59 pm
no, No, NO!!!1!!

mirko, don't go out like that!
No1Dad- February 12, 2008 at 3:58 pm
"It’s a shame really, just giving Dana & the UFC more ammo to say that the UFC is the best MMA organisation in the world with the best fighters."

Is it even up for dispute?
Olie- February 12, 2008 at 3:43 pm
He should have left at least on a win against a top fighter. It’s a shame really, just giving Dana & the UFC more ammo to say that the UFC is the best MMA organisation in the world with the best fighters.
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