When the announcement was made that Mirko Crocop was going to take on Ralek Gracie in a submission match at DREAM.4 we all went “Huh?” Now we’re hearing that the fight is off due to undisclosed injuries. And we all go “Huh.” From MMAWeekly.com:
The report stated Cro Cop was dealing with some nagging injuries and he decided to forgo this match-up and wait until July 21 for the next Dream show.
Although at this time no fight has been signed, he is strongly rumored to be facing former K-1 champion Jerome LeBanner in an MMA bout.
Translation: Mirko isn’t really hurt enough not to compete … but he’s decided it’s better to heal up for his REAL fight next month. While I can’t really fault that line of reasoning, I’m still wondering why the fuck the grappling match was made in the first place. Taking on a Gracie in a grappling tournament is a good way to highlight just how bad you are on the ground. At best you’re going to end up on top trying to avoid 1001 subs. I know the idea was probably to try and prove he’s got game, but come on now, Mirko: You don’t need to be really good at homo-jitsu. Coming in to “Wild Boys” already wins over the gays.