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Crocop is ‘off to Japan’

So Mirko Crocop is making an announcement tomorrow about his career. FROM JAPAN. Seems like the UFC has been losing a lot of it’s ‘hardball’ exchanges lately:

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.

While this could mean anything, I don’t think it means Mirko and Dana showing up in Tokyo to announce the revival of Pride or the UFC’s return to Japan. That’s about as likely as a spontaneous Captain Morgan’s style song and dance erupting right afterwards, with pigs flying as a finale.

I also have no doubt that if Mirko is heading out to announce some kind of deal with another promotion, we’ll be hearing about more lawsuits within the next week. Which sucks because I had my money on a Tito Ortiz related lawsuit before a Mirko Crocop related lawsuit. Me and several other bloggers have a pool going, you see. Because the UFC eventually seems to sue everyone. The only question is who’s next.

Oh, and I’m going to reserve my “Crocop running from the UFC with his tail tucked between his legs” post for tomorrow when he officially announces he’s running from the UFC with his tail tucked between his legs. Although there might be mitigating circumstances. Word from a Croatian newspaper says the UFC was basically demanding that Crocop take a pay cut if he wanted to keep fighting for them. If that’s the case, then I’ll side with Mirko on this one and curse Dana White for jewing me out of Crocop in the UFC.

  • mmaninja

    Well, Dana is acting like Randy Couture here, he’s the one that signed the contract with CroCop not too long ago and now cause CroCop got caught by a lucky kick and has one bad fight, all of a sudden he wants to renegotiate. WTF is up with that?

    Shouldn’t he stick to his word?

  • Mobb Deep

    I used to defend Dana, but if he is forcing Cro Cop out, then I’ll become his biggest Hater.

  • pauli

    come on guys. there’s hope – we all know damn well that, somewhere, dana has a little captain morgan in him.

  • fightlinker

    Even if Brock loses again, you won’t see Dana trying to re-negotiate his deal. Basically this action makes it clear that Dana is essentially saying “You’re worthless if you’re not winning”, which is stupid because CroCop is one of the most popular fighters out there. Does Johnny TUF know who he is? Yes actually. Because we – the hardcore fans – fucking tell Johnny TUF, and Johnny TUF listens to what we say because we’re smarter than him.

  • drewdoodoo

    Did you say, “jewing”?

  • Donk

    Did he jump or was he pushed? He’s got too much to loose if he goes, I doubt there is a single fighter that wants to prove himself as much as him. I think he was pushed.

    What’s with Dana wanting to fuck everyone over all the time. If there is ever a crime in MMA, you can be sure the verdict is Dana White, with death by cock, in his office.

  • Stellar53

    Hey fightlinker, you are stealing my thread from the forums… could at least copy mine….jeesh..

  • fightlinker

    huh who wha? what forum?

  • Sean

    “Long Duck Dong” is a racist comment… but “jewing” isn’t? OK.

  • E Rush


    I love your irreverant style and politically incorrect comments, but you have never been racist or disparing of a religious group to my knowledge before. Use of the “Jewing” comment was not necessary and it only detracted from the quality of the post. You should either retract this term or star using offensive languages for all races and religions.


  • Michaelthebox

    Johnny TUF hasn’t been listening to me ever since Shogun got trounced by Forrest.

  • drewdoodoo

    You should have said Gyp’d. Nobody likes gypsies.

  • fightlinker

    yeah but don’t gypsies steal things?

  • kentyman

    Yeah, and Gypsies don’t have internet access.

    Actually, they pro’ly steal Wi-Fi from the people in neighboring tents.

  • drewdoodoo

    Just another reason to secure those wireless networks folks, dirty gypsies.

  • kentyman

    Gypsies hate WPA2. But they’ll crack your WEP-40 like it was your garage door.

  • fightlinker
  • Pontus

    Maybe they will lend him out like they did with Rani Yahya to the new K-1 group.

  • danaunclefesterwhite

    If Dana really wanted to re-negotiate a paycut, Cro Cop might as well go back to Japan and fight for the new K-1 MMA promotion.

    To be honest, I’d rather see Cro Cop back in Japan again working for FEG and the former PRIDE staff. UFC has a big hunk of the top talent but the magic of PRIDE will never be present in the UFC. PRIDE had a special aura, it truly felt worldly and international like the Olympics almost. It felt important and made the fighters feel important. The UFC on the other hand has a trashy nu metal gladiator intro tough guy image and the fighters and fights are just not as exciting. UFC introduced me to MMA but PRIDE is what really got me into the sport. I want to see Cro Cop and others try to re-create what was PRIDE. It’s unfortunate that Zombie PRIDE was raped of much of its talent, except at lightweight, but hopefully they will recuperate.

  • Donk

    Back in the day pride started with mainly heavyweights, but right now we find ourselves in the situation where a new org Dreams is starting up in japan, and a situation where top heavyweights are floating about. We have Arlovski being fucked over for nearly a year, Sylvia playing hardball (with people who will quickly forget the loyalty you showed them (UFC)), Couture isn’t coming back, we also have fedor in a cooporative org, Barnett in the mix too, and Hunt dosn’t have much better to do. If all these heavy weights could go to Dreams then this would be the biggest start possible for an org. The only unlikely thing here is Sylvia, so that means the UFC has provided some serious opportunities to their competitors.

    I think the new Pride is coming, and the ingrediants are there to make it happen. But Dana has managed to get in the way of Fedor and Barnett signing, kicked out Cop, lost Couture and now possibly Arlovski and big, big maybe Sylvia. Dana White people say your smart, i say this ain’t so. Fightlinker make sure DW hangs for this, now that would be a good comic.

  • mmaninja

    LOL at the Gypsies comments

    The barons are definitely cracking WEP-40 and neighbours garage doors too

  • Cyrus

    LAWSUITS? Hahhhahahahaha. Lawsuits against guys like CroCop and Fedor who live in countries that laugh about America and sell weapons to it’s enemies? Yeah, I bet they’re real worried about that. Especially when they have serious political connections, both of them. Dana can shove his lawsuits up his ass! Hhahahahahhahaha. Lawsuits, you guys are some dumb asses. Hahahahaha. Now Randy… homeboy done got fucked up.

  • Pontus

    Yeah Croatia is hardcore anti-West/USA.
    That’s why they are on a path to join the European Union and Nato.
    Get your learn on before you troll Cyrus.

  • adc

    Yeah, Crocop is better off fighting luchadore-masked guys in Japan.

  • Zeppelin

    I’ll bet he’s going to pull a reverse Brock Lesnar and announce he has signed with Hustle for an ongoing pro wrestling feud with Mark Hunt.

  • MJC_123

    It has been confirmed that Cro-Cop is fighting on March 15th under the DREAM banner a new organisation headed by FEG and Yarenoka, so basically CRO-COP is back in PRIDE.

    The event will also have a Light Weight tournament as well….check out NIGHTMARE OF BATTLE for more.

  • danaunclefesterwhite

    Is it really true that Cro Cop was let go by Zuffa and is now going to be fighting for DREAMS (aka new PRIDE)? Sweet. Go Mirko! Go New PRIDE!