Crocop to sign with UFC
- 12-10-2006, 10:47 PM
- 12-10-2006, 10:53 PM
I will have to look into this, but I didn't think I would ever see this.RcB Since 09-06-2011 20:55 EST, Post 49
12-10-2006, 10:59 PM
12-10-2006, 11:04 PM
This is a rumor that has been floating around for a while and until I see an official announcement from Crocop, UFC, and PRIDE I won't believe any internet announcments.
12-10-2006, 11:19 PM
The story on this, last I heard, hearsay to hearsay; is that this started as a Sherdog posting from someone who claimed to overhear an conversation at a UFC regarding an offer to be made to Mirko, then a Croatian newspaper picked it up as a story, and later Mirko confirmed to a TV crew that he had been made an offer, for much less than the poster and the news report had stated, but that, at that time, no deal had been made.
12-10-2006, 11:23 PM
I highly doubt that CroCop would make 2 million per fight in the UFC. However, CroCop did admit that he has been offered a contract to the UFC as well as another organization in the US.
12-11-2006, 01:22 AM
He could make that once the PPV% is added into the equation. The payouts are not very accurate when it comes to how much they make (e.g. GSP made over $500k for his last fight and got a hummer).Originally Posted by MisterEZE
12-11-2006, 05:39 AM
12-11-2006, 11:53 AM
Jenna gave GSP the Anaconda Choke but Tito's the only one that gets to ground and pound her these days, Blut.
These rumors have been all over the internet, and CC is supposed to make his decision today. Personally, I think CC will want another shot at Fedor before leaving Pride and he probably won't get one until at least May, but then again I don't know ****.
12-11-2006, 12:00 PM
Damn, I remember hearing about this before. I thought this was something new and didn't realize it was in reference to the old buzz.Originally Posted by Rodja
RcB Since 09-06-2011 20:55 EST, Post 49
12-11-2006, 12:41 PM
It doesn't help that Dana is always saying that he has a major deal in the works whenever he is in an interview. IF, and I mean if, any of the major PRIDE HW's come to the US, it will probably be from their second-tier of fighters (e.g Kharitonov, Zentsov, Werdum). I just don't think that most of the major HW would be willing to take the pay cut from the UFC.
12-11-2006, 12:49 PM
12-11-2006, 12:54 PM
Kharitonov would wreck the UFC. The guy is a beast, end of discussion...Originally Posted by stxnas
Actually he is not the smartest fighter as anyone who saw his fight with Aleks can attest.
12-11-2006, 06:35 PM
12-11-2006, 07:45 PM
12-13-2006, 12:14 AM
Some Croatian guy posted this on sherdog.
here is the link www.vecernji-list.hr
It says basically what mmaweekly said, that he cannot fight on new years eve cos he doesnt want to risk that his operated foot doesnt heal and get worse.
Furthermore it states that CroCop is on the most likely way of joining the american arenas (UFC) and leaving Pride.
This newspaper is the biggest selling in Croatia and they won't write it for no reason.
Sorry for a new CroCop thread but thats the newest of him from the biggest selling newspaper.
Don't know if it's true, but damn the UFC may be doing some serious expanding.
12-13-2006, 08:42 AM
So he is off of the NYE card? Damn, that means both CC and Fedor are off now.Originally Posted by jas123
12-13-2006, 10:08 AM
Is Fedor off the card for sure? I saw it was posted on his website forum, but I've yet to see it confirmed or mentioned by any mma news outlet.Originally Posted by Rodja
12-13-2006, 12:17 PM
MMAweeklyis reporting that Fedor is off because of a broken big-toe. I think Fedor is very close to retirement because he is accumulating injuries at a very fast rate. It will be a sad day for MMA when he decides to stop fighting, but I am sure he will continue to grapple.Originally Posted by MisterEZE
12-13-2006, 07:46 PM
Well, it appears to be official. Goodbye Big Tim. I can't wait to see his leg snap like Yoshida's.
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Reigning PRIDE Open-Weight Grand Prix champion Mirko Filipovic has apparently decided to bolster the ranks of the UFC heavyweight division, a source inside the Croatian's camp informed Sherdog.com Wednesday.
Rumors have buzzed of Filipovic's departure from PRIDE since his official Web site reported in recent days that he would not fight on the Japanese promoter's year-end card.
Filipovic, the No. 2 heavyweight in the world behind PRIDE champion Fedor Emelianenko, would make an immediate impact on a division that has long been considered among the weakest in the UFC. Terms are not known, but it's expected Fillipovic, 32, could sign one of the most expensive multi-fight deals in UFC history.
A former K-1 star, "Cro Cop" moved from kickboxing to mixed martial arts in 2001, and has since amassed in impressive 21-4-2 record. His biggest accomplishment in MMA occurred just last September, when the Fighter of the Year candidate stopped Wanderlei Silva and Josh Barnett on the same night to capture PRIDE's Grand Prix crown.
It was believed tournament victory would secure Filipovic a second crack at Emelianenko, whom the Croatian lost to by decision in epic August 2005 clash.
Filipovic's four losses have come against Emelianenko, former K-1 World Grand Prix champion Mark Hunt, a shocking knockout against former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman and by submission in a classic battle against former PRIDE heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
"Cro Cop" is renowned for his striking skills, which features a devastating left high kick that is responsible for highlight-reel victories against the likes of Silva, Igor Vovchanchyn and Aleksander Emelianenko.
The super-striker would immediately vault to the top of the contender list for Tim Sylvia's UFC heavyweight belt, should the "Maine-iac," who is currently renegotiating his contract with the Las Vegas-based promoter, remain with the organization.
There has been some discussion inside the UFC that "Cro Cop," who was not under contract to PRIDE, would make his cage-fighting debut versus Jake O'Brien, a young, undefeated fighter whose strength is on the mat.
12-13-2006, 08:41 PM
12-13-2006, 08:58 PM
12-13-2006, 09:31 PM
It would be awfully conveniant if Sylvia and the UFC couldn't come to terms on a contract right about now...just thinking in terms of the hype machine.
CC will dominate and Sylvia should be scared.
RcB Since 09-06-2011 20:55 EST, Post 49
12-13-2006, 11:08 PM
12-13-2006, 11:13 PM
The UFC is fighting back hard. Fedor and CC pull out of NYE and the UFC picks up Rampage, Herring, and Crocop. The UFC's stock is rising, although Pride is still #1 for the time being IMO.
12-14-2006, 12:06 AM
The UFC heavy's are *****ing there pants right now. What a huge step in the right direction for the UFC.
12-14-2006, 11:33 AM
I think that some of these MMA news sites may have jumped the gun. Maybe he's still trying to get a higher offer from Pride.
"I have received an offer from UFC and some other companies, BUT I HAVE NOT PROMISED NOTHING TO NOBODY, NEITHER SIGNED ANY CONTRACT ABOUT MY FUTURE FIGHTING COMPANY.!!!!
I will call a public conference, where I'll reveile my decision.
I don't know who is the source in my club, because nobody beside me knows what will I do in my future sport career."
His manager confirms it was all BS too
12-14-2006, 04:15 PM
12-14-2006, 04:17 PM
Yes I would much rather see him in PRIDE where he has competition. He needs to beat both Fedor and Nog before moving to anothe org.Originally Posted by Alexander
12-14-2006, 04:23 PM
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