Mirko Cro Cop has finally commented on the UFC-DREAM situation, and guess what? He says he hasn’t signed the DREAM contract. The story comes from Croatian site Jutarnji.hr. I haven’t found a full translation yet, but a reader on his MMA-ID site posted this referencing the story.
i havent signed for the ufc or dream.
i dont get why dana white listened for roumor instead talking to me first. but whatever, i am still greatfull for the opportunity.+
Net.hr also posted a story citing the Jutarnji.hr story, and from what I can tell with a bad Google translation is Cro Cop doesn’t like the long period of time between fights in the UFC. He doesn’t want to sit around waiting for someone to call and tell him when he’ll be fighting next. He’s not happy about what Dana said, but he’s still willing to talk about staying in the UFC.
That’s all of course if the translation wasn’t too screwed up. If someone can confirm one way or the other please leave a comment.
There’s probably more to this. Hopefully, we can get a full translation. I’ll update this post with anything new.
ZAGREB – The same Saturday night in which Mirko Filipović in only three minutes TKOed Britain Mostapha Al Turk, President of American Organization UFC Dana White without any argument accused the Croatian master of the ultimat fighting for the fraud and hypocrisy.
Ten days ago Dana White and Cro Cop have a phone made arrangements for the duel on the UFC 99 tournament in Cologne Lanxess Arena, leaving open the possibility that cooperation prolongs for the two further tournaments. However, the head of the UFC on Saturday felt fooled because he thought that the Croatian gladiator signed a new contract with the Japanese Dream.
– “Mirko talks about honor and pride, and didn’t hold his word. Told me that he wants to win the UFC’s title, and then he went to the Dream. Tonight I also got eye pocked, not only Al Turk” – White told reporters in Cologne, Germany.
Before we accuse Crocop for hypocrisy, let us see what lays below Dana White’s empty phrase of honor. UFC leader is angry because Mirko, just as Fedor Emilianenko, the best MMA fighter in the world, did not agree to perform only twice in the next 12 months.
However, it is not true that Cro Cop signed with Dream. We have learned that Mirko Crocop still did not sign neither with Dream nor with UFC, and that he is ready to discuss any offer. Moreover, Mirko expected after the victory in Cologne immediate talks with Dana White about the new contract and is surprised by the accusations of UFC’s president.
“I don’t know why White listened to the roumors instead of talking to me. I hoped that we will talk about a continuing of our collaboration, because the only obstacle was the long period between two fights that has been offered to me. I don’t want to sit at home so long and waiting that someone calls me for a figh. However, I am grateful to Dana White for an opportunity to fight in Cologne and despite his harsh words, I don’t see the reason that we don’t prolong the contract – explained Mirko after returning from Germany.
White gave Crocop the opportunity to fight in Cologne to use his charisma of the most popular European fighter and suggested two more bouts, under the condition that he doesn’t fight for other promotions. Because Dream offered him also three-fights contract, but in the next 6 months, why shouldn’t Mirko take some time to consider what is better to him?
The end of this story can be expected in the next few days. With regards to Dana White’s blackout in Cologne, it seems that Mirko is in this moment closer to the Japanese ring then to American octagon.
So basically, we have Iole’s report saying Cro Cop informed Dana he had signed a three fight deal with DREAM, we have Cro Cop denying he signed with DREAM saying he doesn’t know why Dana listened to “rumors” instead of talking to him, we have a post-fight interview of Cro Cop convincingly saying he has no idea yet what’s next, and we have a report in Japan saying he signed the DREAM deal. Obviously, all that doesn’t add up.
Not sure who to believe at this point, but my guess is the truth lies somewhere in the middle. Regardless, with the way Dana reacted, Cro Cop staying in the UFC doesn’t sound too promising. We’ll see.
Update II: Add this to the list. DREAM’s US rep Mike Kogan confirmed to Sergio Non of USA Today yesterday that DREAM signed Mirko. I’m not sure how much stock I’m ready to put into something DREAM says at this point though. I wouldn’t put it past DREAM to feed misinformation in an attempt ruin relations between the UFC and CC. I realize that’s getting into conspiracy theory territory, but there’s still more to this we’re not being told. HT: MMAForReal.com