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What's Up With Cro Cop?

After losing 2 of his 3 UFC fights, people began to wonder if Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic's career was over.  He made it clear a few months later that it was not, but confusion abounded.  The UFC said they had not heard from him, while he would claim he was in regular contact with them.  Then, he proclaimed his return date would be in January, which came and went without a fight.  Recently, Dana made it clear that he had given "Cro Cop" some sort of deadline to declare his fight status, confusing things even further.

I heard from a good source a month ago that The UFC was trying to renegotiate Mirko's extremely lucrative contract.  In addition to making 350,000 dollars per fight, he makes even more on all sorts of other bonuses written into his contract.  The UFC signed him to this amount thinking he'd be dominating on top in big main events, but his marketing appeal is now completely negligent, and they don't want to pay him that much to fight Brandon Vera in an undercard fight.

I believe the "deadline" was a deadline to accept a renegotiated contract.  If he doesn't accept, UFC will probably just have him sit out until it's over, at which point he'd be able to leave.

Update [2008-2-12 16:48:1 by Nick Thomas]: He's off to Japan:

I'm off to Tokyo! A big announcement will come straight from Japan tomorrow (February 13). When the official part is done I'll be able to provide more information about everything, and believe me, I have many things to say. What you could easily guess by now is that I won't be retiring. I'll keep on fighting, it's my life, it's what I do.
Update [2008-2-12 22:29:51 by Nick Thomas]: And returning to K-1:
Cro Cop will be in Japan tomorrow for a press conference put on by Fighting Entertainment Group (K-1), which will announce the debut of a new MMA promotion to take the place of its Hero's division.