Ken Imai, how do I hate thee, let me count the ways:
Ken Imai, Mirko Cro Cop’s agent recently admitted that he turned down an offer to fight K-1 Superstar Semmy Schilt under MMA rules at Dream 1.
“In DREAM first fight, I reject some matchmake plan,” Imai told Kamipro Magazine. This is not Mirko’s but my decision. For example, I said no about Mirko vs Semmy Schilt (MMA rules). For Mirko’s “Dream” first match, Semmy is too hard.”
Of course, you know the result: Mirko beat the shit out of some nobody who barely managed to stay up past the first punch to his flabby stomach. DREAM ratings were generally shit, and the whole thing was basically a farce.
Now Mirko still gets to say he didn’t turn down any fights. But when are we going to start holding fighters accountable for the shit their managers are pulling? Does Mirko not know that Imai is turning down fights? Or is it more likely that he turns a blind eye to all that, the same way Fedor does so he can say “I’ll fight anyone” while his managers carefully handpick every single guy he faces.