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UFC 67: Cro Cop makes $350,000 bananas (and probablymore)

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Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic earned a guaranteed $350,000 for less than five minutes of work inside the Octagon against Eddie Sanchez at UFC 67, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

This figure, however, does not include a cut of the pay-per-view (PPV) buys, bonuses or any other payments that may or may not be included in his two-year, six-fight contract.

Certainly, it was a fruitful "long" weekend for the Croatian -- especially as far as UFC payouts are concerned.

When you consider that Zuffa shelled out $250,000 for its golden boy, Chuck Liddell, after UFC 66, you begin to understand how important acquiring Cro Cop was to UFC executives.

However, Cro Cop was a no show at the pre- and post-fight press conferences. And, for his fight, he walked out to the PRIDE FC theme music, which UFC President Dana White apparently approved.

Without a doubt, behind-the-scenes White has to be a little miffed that his most well-paid fighter to date is kind of just doing whatever he wants and not necessarily connecting with UFC fans.

In public, White certainly isn't showing his hand just yet, according to 570news.com.

Here's a snip from White on Cro Cop's choice of music:

"Whatever fires you up, man. If it's the Pride theme, go for it."

Cro Cop is tentatively scheduled to fight next at UFC 70 in Manchester, England on April 21 — an opponent has not been named.

It will be interesting to see if UFC 67 was just a learning experience and things change the next time around. Or, if Cro Cop continues to just do his talking inside the Octagon.

Wait, he doesn't even do that ...

Stay tuned for more UFC 67 fighter salaries.