From croatain daily paper Jutarnji List:
Offer from UFC is real
, although the amount isn't in millions like it has been reported. Cro Cop's decision will be known by Sunday.
"Like any fighter I'm also on the market. Offer from UFC is slightly better then PRIDE's
, but I haven't decided if I will change "jerseys". Only thing I can say right now is that I'm not sure if I'll fight in Saitama on NYE."
Mirko also said that he received an additional offer from another US organisation.
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"With MMA becoming a worldwide mainstream, more then a few promotions are trying to sign some of the best fighters in the world for their shows. Mirko's office is jammed with various offers from world top MMA promotions, and Cro Cop is considering everything before making his final decision. We’ve received tons of emails lately from Mirko's fans, with questions about Mirko's future MMA plans, so we decided to share some with you.
As we all know, Mirko's primary goal has always been winning the PRIDE HW title
. After a successful GP, Cro Cop was promoted to #1 contender and promised a fight with Fedor
by the end of the year or in early 2007. However, it's highly unlikely that we are going to see the rematch
anytime soon. It was PRIDE's call to set up one of the most anticipated rematches in MMA history, but the Japanese organization has been unable to do it so far. Maybe it's not entirely their fault, as Fedor announced several times that he's going to fight in some other MMA organizations too
, such as BodogFight.
But the bottom line is that Cro Cop likely won't have his chance to fight Fedor for the title in the next few months. With that said, it’s perfectly reasonable for Mirko to consider other offers.
Of course, the most interesting offers are coming from the US, where we have a number of new and promising MMA promotions. However, the leader in the US MMA market is still the UFC
and they are joining the battle for top level MMA fighters with full confidence after a few recent successful events. Over the last few days we have read about the UFC's offer to Mirko that allegedly leaked out due to someone's eagle eye from the airplane backseat. Millions of dollars were about to appear on Cro Cop's account if he agreed to fight in the UFC, according to the rumors. Well, that was nothing but the rumors, the offer from the UFC is actually in Cro Cop's hands, but the numbers are entirely different.
Is Cro Cop seriously considering making his UFC appearance?
Let's say that Mirko is always open to new challenges and he is looking forward to his US debut, which will happen very soon. The question remains - under which roof?
The bottom line of the whole story is - Mirko is still hoping to fight Fedor for the title in the first half of 2007. If the rematch will never happen under PRIDE's roof again, then Cro Cop will consider some other options. There are some other interesting challenges waiting for him in MMA, it's not all about PRIDE's HW belt."