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“Cro Cop” to Make “Big Announcement” from Japan on Wednesday

This is a recent post from Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic‘s personal blog website:

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.

Who knows what is going to be said at this announcement, at least we know he will be fighting somewhere. Is he dropped from the UFC? Fighting for another organization? Pursuing Japanese pro-wrestling?? More to come tomorrow.

(Thanks to MMAmania.com)

30 COMMENTS
  • Evan says:

    I am sure his disaster of a UFC career is over. He just couldn’t cut it and he looked he never wanted to be there anyway.

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  • Derek B. says:

    if he does pro wrestling that will be the day that I boycott MMA all together.

    I’ll end up converting to watching synchronized swimming for the rest of my sad, sad life.

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  • jaydog says:

    Sounds like he’s gonna sign with M-1 Dream Road Victory World. Let’s hope he’ll be able to face legit competition (and that he’ll likewise return to form).

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  • ufcfan says:

    here’s my call…

    crocop/ufc came to an agreement to release him from his contract.
    ufc likely paid him a nice lump sum under the agreement cro cop
    could not fight for American based organization (i’m including M-1)

    crocop probably is signing with World Victory Road or K-1

    i can’t see why cro cop would fly to japan to announce a UFC fight…

    damn shame…

    and the HW division gets even weaker…yikes!

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  • Mike Wolfe says:

    In all likelihood, he’s gone from the UFC. However, that doesn’t really weaken the heavyweight division. For whatever reason, he wasn’t competitive in the UFC. Let’s see if he gives a legit reason for his decision or tries to spin it.

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  • Jason Brewer says:

    From what I read on the fan boards UFC fans (arguably the most hard core and knowledgeable in all the world) did not want him anyway…so the UFC only gets stronger by casting out a fighter that the fans don’t like or want. VIVA THE UFC!!
    And me it looks like I need to pack my bags for Tokyo because there are going to be some great things going on over there.
    **Note** UFC please move along there is nothing to see here in Japan…hey look is that a TUF laden Spike fight night there you go!!!

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  • Kelvin says:

    If the UFC let him go….that’s cool….they can then use that money to lure in some legit competition in that MW division IMO.

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  • Sergio says:

    Damn, Jason.

    You try WAY too hard.

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  • Rln says:

    What a joke. Bro Cop forced to tuck tail and vacate the UFC after being destroyed by Gonzaga and embarrassed by Kongo. Back to Japan, where the roids run free and he can have his matches fixed for him by the pro-wrestling promoters. Buh bye.

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  • Ivan Trembow says:

    Looks like Cro Cop wouldn’t agree to Zuffa’s insistence that he take a pay cut — below the amount gauranteed in his contract — and Zuffa subsequently decided that they’d rather release him than pay him that much anymore.

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  • mike wolfe says:

    No. 10

    Damn that Dana White and his evil super powers. He’s fiendishly clever, you know.

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  • Donk says:

    It’s incredible double standards and hypocrisy from the UFC. I’m stunned, i just can’t believe it. This is insane.

    Mirko is no coward, he would fight anyone. There is no way a guy like him would run away from any challenge. There is a massive incentive for him to stay. I really wanna know what the new offer was that Dana gave him that lead to his departure. It must have been a big cut because Mirko is a very proud guy, he has a lot to loose from walking away. But what double standards to change a contract half way through.

    He has been fucked over, mark my words. I just want the details on this, because otherwise people will call Mirko a coward. When he is one of the biggest stars ever in the history of MMA. That shit’s just not right.

    Imagine if Arlovski goes, heck Sylvia has implied playing hardball. What then? That would be Dana getting in the way of signing Fedor and Barnett, pushing Cop out, and losing Randy, Arlovski and Sylvia. If all that happened (unlikely) then that would be the day that Dana should resign. That would be the fucking day.

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  • bubbafat says:

    It would be nice to see the UFC honour the Muhammed Ali Boxing Act. Then the fighters would be getting paid at least what they are worth, and Zuffa wouldn’t be able to shove anything down their throats. Kudo’s to Mirko if he told them to take their new contract and shove it. Honour the original or don’t bitch and sue Couture. It’s frustrating to see this happen again and again. And to top it off Chris Leben gets what he wants. What a pissoff! If the rest of the business world operated like Zuffa, McDonald’s would constantly be suing Burger King or Wendy’s and we might have actually lost the Whopper!

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  • bigfish042 says:

    People sure jumped all over Randy’s shit for “NOT HONORING the cotract he signed”……

    What about the UFC and Cro Cop? Is has been out there that the UFC has been trying to “RENEGOTIATE” Cro Cop’s contract, so that he receives MUCH less than what was AGREED TO and SIGNED TO. What’s the deal???

    So, if Cro Cop goes somewhere else to continue his career, would you actually blame him????? Or would you suggest he bends over and agrees to take a huge pay cut, even though Cro Cop and the UFC signed a contract that the UFC, NOW WILL NOT HONOR??

    It is either he takes a huge pay cut or he gets the Arlovski treatment, that is sidelined for another year and let his contract end

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  • ufcfan says:

    Dave@wrestlingobserver.com

    Reports from Japan, as well as a web site post by Mirko Cro Cop both state Cro Cop will be in Japan tomorrow for a press conference put on by Fighting Entertainment Group (K-1), which will announce the debut of a new MMA promotion to take the place of its Hero’s division.

    Cro Cop was the most popular foreign MMA fighter in Japan when he signed a six-fight deal at the end of 2006 with UFC. After going 1-2 in UFC, it was known UFC was considering cutting him from the deal due to the high cost of his contract.

    His heading to the opening of the new group would make it likely that is how things turned out but we haven’t had that confirmed from the UFC side.

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  • polarbear says:

    Good for him leave its his right if he cant compete with the big dogs in the tall grass then go back to the puppy pad

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  • Rich says:

    people don’t really give Cro-cop credit for his UFC fights…

    don’t forget…

    in his first fight… he terrified Eddie Sanchez for however long they were in there, and then finally finished him off..

    and the BEASTLY KICK from GONZAGA was a complete mistake.. we all know that should have never happened… and now, GONZAGA has been exposed for what he really is… a not-so-great fighter.. i think all of Gonzaga’s wins aside from Cro-cop were against weak opponents.. it just sucks that it took Randy and Werdum finishing him for others to see that he’s not that good..

    i mean, Cro Cop’s only Legit loss in the UFC was to Chieck IMO… and he was winning that fight at first..

    but i’ll admit… Mirko has looked a little unenthused in the UFC..

    but you guys are making it seeme like he got completely dominated every time he got in the ring, when you talk about his fights in the UFC.

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  • polarbear says:

    He did not look good when he went at Eddie Sanchez and Sanchez is a garbage fighter. Gonzagas not that great of a fighter and he hit him with a kick that Cop should have seen coming being a top noch fighter. It just showes that hes not that great of a fighter and can not compete with good not to mention great fighters. Cops not in the top ten.

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  • Jye says:

    The question is would you pay a guy 200k or 250k (sorry couldn’t be bothered researching) per fight if for at least the next two fights he couldn’t even be in the main or co-main event because his last two performances were quite simply sh*t. It doesn’t make much business sense does it, don’t get me wrong I used to like watching Cro Cop in his day but Dana has got it 100% correct, and by the way no one here knows how much of pay cut the UFC were offering so don’t make it seem like it was MUCH MUCH LESS when in fact you really don’t know…….. So many Dana haters on the internet it gives me the sh*ts, you guys don’t appreciate what he did for the sport and you act like you could do better

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  • Bdavis says:

    I’m confused? Why would the UFC continue to pay Brock Lesnar 250,000 per fight but won’t pay someone like Cro Cop the same becasue he lost two fights in a row? Is Lesnar more marketable? Probably so but Cop is a legit fighter with many notable wins over high profile opponents. Sure he lost a few fights. Almost everyone has. Chuck lost two fights and they haven’t cut him or asked him to take a pay cut.

    If he was told to take a pay cut then he should walk. They should honor the contract they signed. If the UFC asked him to take a pay cut and he said no, then they released him, well he’s free to walk in my opinion. Anybody would and should under those circumstances.

    I just hope the same Cro Cop of old comes back, wherever he fights!

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  • Zack says:

    Come on – don’t make this about Dana. You are telling me that 200K-250K is going to put a dent in their take from a big PPV? I don’t buy that. There were at least 2-3 fights they could have made with CC that would have been compelling – vs Vera and vs Arlovski. Letting him go fight for the competition is just stunning to me. It’s not good business.

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  • polarbear says:

    YEP its a business you dont go into a business to lose money you go in to it to make money and if you cant win and cant bring in PPV buys and sell out an event then you dont make the big money. Your not paid on how good of a fighter you are your paid on how many fans you can bring in the gate an on PPV buys. Its a business at the end of the day when your paying to promote the hell out of a show and rent ing the venue it all cost money not just paying the fighters.

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  • Rln says:

    “and the BEASTLY KICK from GONZAGA was a complete mistake”

    L oh fucking L……

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  • polarbear says:

    Its sad to say but Arlovski is also more than likely gone so that fight could not happen the Vera fight would be good but if Cop lost that one I think his career would be dealt a huge blow and he might have to go and fight in small up and coming leagues anyway.

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  • dice says:

    # 19 Jye Says:
    February 12th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    “The question is would you pay a guy 200k or 250k (sorry couldn’t be bothered researching) per fight if for at least the next two fights he couldn’t even be in the main or co-main event because his last two performances were quite simply sh*t. It doesn’t make much business sense does it,…”

    Jye do you have any links to previous posts of yours where you defended Randy Couture for making the right business decision? I am very interested on your stance regarding the Randy Couture Fiasco.

    UFC fanboys are giving hypocrisy a bad name right now. The same guys I saw calling for randy’s head when he broke his contract are now stating that the UFC is in the right for wanting to renegotiate Cro Cops contract because he was losing.

    So let me get this right, its not alright for a fighter to renegotiate for a higher sum after he wins a few fights, but it’s fine for the UFC to renegotiate for a lower sum if a fighter loses a few fights? I am somehow unable to follow the logic in that argument.

    I am sure that Sam Caplan and other MMA writers who condemned Randy for breaking his contract will be condemning the UFC for not applying the same standards to themselves they have applied to others. I am also assuming the level of outrage will be the same as well.

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  • Jye says:

    The difference between Randy’s situation and Cro Cops is the fact that Randy did not really look to renegotiate, he resigned and refused to fight and that’s a huge difference, if you don’t like how much money your being paid on your contract then finish the amount of fights on the contract and leave, he only had to fight two more times and then he could of fought Fedor for as much money as he wanted.

    There are a lot of fighters that look to renegotiate their contract after a few solid wins and I think that is definitely a good thing and the UFC handles that reasonably well (some fighters should definitely be on a little higher base pay though). Cro Cop however doesn’t deserve 250k per fight at the moment. Imagine if he loses his next fight and you have to stick him on the undercard for his remaining three fights and still pay him 250k, what a joke that would be

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  • Rln says:

    “So let me get this right, its not alright for a fighter to renegotiate for a higher sum after he wins a few fights, but it’s fine for the UFC to renegotiate for a lower sum if a fighter loses a few fights?”

    What kind of crack are you smoking?? Couture just renegotiated his contract and got a signing bonus and more $$ per fight. His problem was that he had no fucking clue what his market value was and accepted what they offered. Not Zuffa’s fault that he was using his retarded wife as his agent.

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  • Jye says:

    “There are a lot of fighters that look to renegotiate their contract after a few solid wins and I think that is definitely a good thing”

    Did you not read that part….. And you think I’m smoking crack.

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  • dice says:

    # 26 Jye Says:
    February 12th, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    “The difference between Randy’s situation and Cro Cops is the fact that Randy did not really look to renegotiate, he resigned and refused to fight and that’s a huge difference, if you don’t like how much money your being paid on your contract then finish the amount of fights on the contract and leave, he only had to fight two more times and then he could of fought Fedor for as much money as he wanted.”

    # 27 Rln Says:
    February 12th, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    “What kind of crack are you smoking?? Couture just renegotiated his contract and got a signing bonus and more $$ per fight. His problem was that he had no fucking clue what his market value was and accepted what they offered. Not Zuffa’s fault that he was using his retarded wife as his agent.”

    What we got here are a couple UFC nuthugger revisionists. Sorry boys, you are making yourselves look like fools. I think you both need to look need to get a history lesson.

    First to jye, Randy did look to renegotiate after the Gonzaga fight. He stated this pretty clearly, thats why he met with Lorenzo and Dana in Vegas a week before he resigned (thats resigned not re-signed fellas). They(dana and lorenzo) even mentioned it at their joint press conference. Randy thought other guys were making more and wanted to know why, thereby asking for more money.

    “..if you don’t like how much money your being paid on your contract then finish the amount of fights on the contract and leave,..”

    Good advice, now why is it that this doesn’t apply to the UFC in Cro Cops case?

    Guys, Randy signed a contract and then fought 2 fights. He then thought he wasn’t making enough money and asked for more. He was denied and then chose to send in his resignation. Cro Cop had signed a contract and fought 3 times, then was asked to renegotiate by the UFC for a less amount of money. Are both of you too dense to see that this is a textbook case of what a double standard is?

    Jye your comment you quoted in post 28 doesn’t make any sense. So you support guys looking to renegotiate their contract after a few wins, but you don’t support what Randy did? Thats exactly what Randy did, he won a couple fights and then wanted more money. Maybe you meant that you support guys negotiating NEW contracts once their previous contract is over. But thats common sense.(and you wouldn’t call that a renegotiation, you would call it negotiating a new contract, big difference)

    Also Jye I can tell you aren’t reading my posts because in post 28 you say “…And you think I’m smoking crack”. My guess is that you read RLN’s post, where he asks me “What kind of crack are you smoking??”. I never said anything about you smoking crack. You also say “Did you not read that part…”, Jye you posted that after my last post, how am I supposed to read something that wasn’t written before my post? LMFAO

    RLN, I have no idea what you are talking about. Randy fought twice under his contract and then asked for more money. He didn’t “just renegotiate”, he negotiated a new contract where he got a signing bonus (or whatever it was) in Jan 07. He was midway through his contract just like Cro Cop was when asked to renegotiate his contract for less money by the UFC.

    PS Its quite possible that you both don’t understand what “renegotiate” means. You have to currently be under a contract to renegotiate. Randy wasn’t under a UFC contract before signing a completely new one in Jan 07.

    “Randy Couture told Joe Rogan that he signed a new 4 fight deal to return to where he has spent most of his MMA career on “Inside the UFC” a new program on Spike TV. Couture told Joe Rogan that he signed a 4 fight deal and would return to the heavyweight division”
    http://www.mmaringreport.com/columnist-s-corner/couture-signs-4-fight-deal-to-return-to-the-ufc-5.html

    Peace newbies

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  • Donk says:

    I really want to know the paycut he was offered (or more likely told to accept). I think Cop got 350k flat rate per fight, win, loose or draw. Now Big Nog say get’s a base of 100k per fight, so does Sylvia, and bonuses on top of this figure. I wouldn’t be suprised if they offered him a base of below 100k, in fact i think that is most likely. I would take a stab in the dark at a figure around 85k. I think this sounds a good ball park figure.

    Now considering Wandy was signed on a two fight losing streak at a base of 150k, you would think a figure below 100k would be a slap in the face to Cop. Also guys like Liddell and Ortiz aren’t having they’re contract renegociated, and Liddell makes 500k per fight. To be honest both guys havn’t looked all that good lately, although i will give props to Chuck on his last outing.

    Cop has everything to loose by leaving. I bet it breaks his heart to go, nobody would want to leave when your down, when you have everything to prove. So something insulting must have happened to make him leave. I think this sounds most likely. So let’s reserve giving him criticism until we know what this slap in the face was.

    But from looking at the most likely money options above, i think the UFC are most likely playing double standards with Cop. Dana seems to like rewarding his friends and fucking over everyone else. Dana has had harsh words for Cop lately in some of his interviews, some very insulting remarks. So i think he tried to fuck him over.

    But is the grass greener outside the UFC? Well in the Heavyweight division the grass is not greener, but it’s not less than either. So backing out and going back to japan means he isn’t going to face weak competition. This is a tough decision for Cop and to me it shows guts, because he has given his enemies and critics the chance to sink their teeth in. But he has gone to help out his mates in Japan, gone to try and revive the Japanese MMA industry. He will give them a good start too because he is loved in Japan, like a major star. This might sound a bit too much but i think that’s a compassionate and selfless thing to do.

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