Imagine if Mirko Filipovic was president of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)?
The former PRIDE FC and UFC heavyweight contender would rule with an iron fist, firing his fighters if they dared to appear at a rival promotion's press conference, which is exactly what Jon Jones, Frank Mir, Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum did when Legend Fighting Show held a media event for "Invasion" earlier this week in Russia.
"Cro Cop" vents:
"I don't know what to say. It's nice that they came, that they graced us with their presence. But on the flip side, I think Dana White is going to grow his hair back when he sees them here. Jon Jones is the light heavyweight champion. Werdum is fighting Cain next for the heavyweight belt. Those are people under contract with UFC. Now they come over here as guests. Do your seminar, okay? Do the seminar and go. They came over, sat in the front row at the press conference. Took photos. All of that sends a bad message. I would never do that, never. If I am under contract with another organization, whether it be UFC, PRIDE ... if I'm under contract -- and they all are -- under a multiple fight UFC contract, I would never do it. Do a seminar maybe, but I would never appear at a press conference, let alone stand in front of banners that have a logo of a different organization. We all took photos together. I'm the main event. Unbelievable. They basically came over to promote a totally new organization. Dana White is going to go mad, 100 percent, totally justifiable in my opinion. I would go mad, too, I would fire them all. Of course, those are fighters who bring the UFC money, but they didn't think it through and it comes off unprofessional. I would never do that. Dana White's hair is going to grow back for sure when he sees this. Mildly put, I think Dana White is going to be pissed off!"
Cancel that prescription for Propecia!
After three straight knockout losses inside the Octagon, Filipovic (28-10) returned to mixed martial arts (MMA) last December, armbarring Shinichi Suzukawaat at the IGF: "Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2012" event in Japan. He will try to replicate that performance later today (Nov. 8, 2013) against Alexey Oleinik inside Moscow's Small Sports Arena.
Any guesses as to who might already have a ticket?