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Mirko CroCop leaves the UFC

Oh Mirko. I don’t know whether to be angry or happy with you at the moment. Ya see, CroCop has officially left the UFC to go fight in Japan. And while I’ll prefer whatever the Japanese set up over the Mirko vs McCully fight that was probably being readied, I still cry Pride fanboy tears that my Croatian man-crush has basically been run out of the UFC.

Details on how Mirko managed to get out of his UFC contract halfway through are still kinda sketchy, although I have a few ideas on how it went down:

  • Mirko answered he these riddles three
  • In addition to amazing high kicks, Mirko can also pull off some pretty damned convincing blowjobs
  • Croatian law clearly states “CroCop gets to do whatever the fuck he wants to.”

Of course there’s also word that Dana White released Mirko from his contract and Mirko intends on coming back to the UFC down the road. That certainly seems like a pretty unlikely scenario, but I’ve also come up with a few ideas on why this would work:

  • Dana had Mirko injected with crazy bubonic plague monkey aids just before he got on a plane to Japan
  • The UFC can’t afford Mirko because they spent all their heavyweight money on Tim Sylvia and Brock Lesnar
  • Dana is a moron who doesn’t think Mirko is worth paying

Of course, other people are constructing elaborate fantasies where Dana is sending Mirko abroad to hunt down and defeat Fedor, which will magically repair the rift between the UFC and Randy Couture. And while it sure is fun to think that Dana White is capable of such elaborate plotting, it’s a lot more likely that he just thinks CroCop is a washed up loser who can take a flying fuck through a jelly donut.

  • Lifer

    Mirko answered he these riddles three???

  • Foojita

    What is your favorite color?

    Red. No, White!

  • Lifer

    Have they announced his opponent? I see half of Saku’s face there. Knowing the Japanese that will probably be his first TEST OF MIGHT!

  • MJC_123

    I reckon the UFC have released Mirko allowing him to rebuild his aura, maybe fighting Fedor and then coming back to the cage to fight for the UFC title in 2009 against Brock Lesnar.

    ***Its a thought***

  • fightlinker

    If the UFC doesn’t smarten up they’re only going to have Brock, Nog, Mir, and Kongo left :-p

  • fightlinker

    and if I was Kongo I’d be considering jumping ship to fight in DREAMS or WVR. Japanese, they loves them some gigantic black dudes

  • MJC_123

    Taken from Suki MMA:
    What CRO-COP said at the press conference:

    “Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic:
    I’m very happy to fight in Japan again and very excited. Please come and see my next fight on Mar 15. I will do my best supporting this new event. Many people will consider I come back to Japan because I couldn’t win in UFC, but it is not true. I’m going to go back to UFC someday and have a good result. I determined that DREAM is the right place to build my career for now. I wanted to fight in Japan again and I don’t like fighting in the cage to be honest. Japan is my secondary home country. I have recovered from the damage I took by loosing in UFC , so I would would like to have great fights for my fans”

    So maybe he is coming back to the UFC one-day and DANA is letting him rebuild his career, expect a big I ALLOWED THIS TO HAPPEN MOTHERDRUCKERS announcement from Mr White soon.

  • frickshun

    Just like in boxing, the heavies are a rare breed. Who washes out of the UFC today will be beating top 10 guys tomorrow. Unfortunately, there are zero young heavyweights coming up now that I have heard of. Just a bunch of hall of famers that are hitting their twilight.

  • MJC_123

    Your joking man Tank Abbot, Kimbo Slice and James Thompson are the future of HeaVYwEiGHt MMA.

  • hbdale309

    There’s some dude that posts on mmajunkie that keeps talking about how he’s working on Monson’s car(or sumthin) and that the Snowman says he will be fighting Mirko next.

    Take that for what it’s worth.

  • danaunclefesterwhite

    I’m happy that Cro Cop defected to DREAM. Fuck Zuffa. They have a huge roster but still like to put out watered down cards for $45 a pop (that’s why torrent is your friend). Anyone whose followed PRIDE knows that the cards were more stacked and the fights were more exciting.

    [quote]and if I was Kongo I’d be considering jumping ship to fight in DREAMS or WVR. Japanese, they loves them some gigantic black dudes[/quote]
    Yeah FEG and DSE tended to play up stereotypes about black fighters. But Kongo wouldn’t be marketable in Japan for just that. In Japan, they have a shitload of European, especially Dutch, Thai boxers. Remy Bonjasky, Ernesto Hoost, Melvin Manhoef, Alistair Overeem, Badr Hari, Peter Aerts, Jerome Le Banner, Bas Rutten and a shitload of other guys I can’t think of right now. This is because Muay Thai fighters are entertaining as fuck and the Japanese know entertainment. And when the UFC does have entertaining Muay Thai fighters on a card, the UFC audience boos them like they did to Anderson Silva. Cheick Kongo would be right at home in FEG DREAM.