Now that there’s no more money to be wrung out of Mirko Crocop’s ‘Final Fight’ against Ray Sefo in Croatia, Mirko can go ahead and admit it wasn’t his final fight at all. Unlike half the people who attended the event, we already knew this going in. But it’s nice to get some confirmation. There I was worried for thee seconds that we might not get to enjoy another few years of Mirko jerking us around regarding retirement.
Mirko talks to Fighters Only’s John Joe O’Regan about all the injuries that have hindered him over the past few years – a herniated disc and scratched cornea before the Mir fight, a torn bicep before the Roy Nelson fight, blown knees since the end of PRIDE – and how he’s finally (for reals this time) feeling healthy again:
Thank god, I feel perfect now. I am back to doing the splits on two chairs. I don’t know if you’ve seen the picture of the splits on the two chairs? I am back to that. So I feel really good and… what can I say? I have a few options on the table and I will see which ones to take.
And one more thing – I am sick and tired of explaining to reporters – not you, not you! – but people who are calling me, journalists who I respect, and I am glad they are taking interest in me. But I don’t want to say I will fight ten more fights or one more fight. Maybe I will do fifteen more fights or I will do none… You will be informed about everything.
Right now I have some offers and I am thinking carefully about what to do. Right now I am still on vacation and I am back in training on Monday. So lets wait and see; I don’t want to keep discussing speculation on the next fight, the future. You know what I mean John – lets just wait and see what the future will bring. Right now I am ready and I have an offer for May, July and September. We will see which offer I take and which offers I will not take.
Yes K-1… but I have some MMA offers as well. We will see. I don’t want to say too much! All I can see is I will see; I don’t want to talk too much.
When Crocop says K-1, does he just mean kickboxing or is he specifically talking about the new Zombie K-1 struggling to claw it’s way out from under a giant pile of debt and sketchiness? His agent was hot sh*t back when the Yakuza ran everything so it wouldn’t surprise me to hear he’s returning to the fold, and maybe he thinks being a superstar means having to worry less about getting stiffed on payments. If there’s ever a problem, he’ll just mail the bill alongside a VHS copy of Ultimate Force and things will be taken care of promptly.