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Cro Cop In Contract Negotiations
Mirko Cro Cop has revealed that he is negotiating with just about every major MMA promotion as he recovers from a knee reconstruction. His contract with DREAM expired after his NYE victory over Hong Man Choi according to an article in Croatian sports newspaper “Sportske Novosti”. He is in contact with several promotions and is looking to make his final decision within a month.
“I’m in talks with Japanese promotions which of course is natural since they treated me so well over the years. And its not a secret anymore that the UFC have contacted me. I’m also in talks with another US organization.” Said Filipovic.
The third unnamed U.S promotion looking to recruit Mirko appears to be Affliction. With its long list of heavyweight talent, it would certainly offer plenty of interesting match-ups for the Croatian. Affliction VP and co owner Tom Atencio made it clear in recent Q&A session with fans that he is interested signing Cro Cop.
“He’s awesome and we would love to have him here at Affliction. Cro Cop would be a very interesting fighter here at Affliction.”
Mirko has returned to light training work with his strength and conditioning coach Jukic. His recovery is going to plan as he starts to work on his cardio and weight work. Sparring for the Croatian is still a long way off. Recovering from these types of injuries is extremely difficult. A low percentage of athletes return to their best after the operation. Even if the operation is a success, it usually takes another 2 to 3 fights just to return to optimum cardio levels.
“I’m training as much as I can at this stage of the recovery. I’m mainly working on weights and cardio with conditioning coach Jukic. As things stand at the moment I can say that the operation went very well.” Said an enthusiastic Cro Cop.
UFC 95 Betting Lines Released
Full UFC 95 betting odds have been released by the guys at Bookmaker and Bodog. Odds for the main event Sanchez vs. Stevenson had been out for sometime but lines for the under card have only been posted in the past 24 hours. Currently betting lines are also available for UFC 96: Jackson vs. Jardine – (March 7th), Kingdom MMA 1 (March 28th) and UFC 97: Redemption (April 18).