During a UFC 103 conference call, Mirko Cro Cop was asked about his thoughts on Fedor Emelianenko turning down a better offer from the UFC to sign with Strikeforce. “I don’t think he’s afraid of someone. Maybe he just wants to keep his perfect score. Maybe he thinks the competition in the UFC is too tough,” Cro Cop explained.
“I really don’t understand his attitude. I don’t know why he doesn’t want to enter the UFC. I think he should take the shot. But why, what are his reasons? I don’t know,” The Croatian knockout artist continued.
After turning down another deal from Dream himself, Cro Cop agrees with reports that say that UFC offered the world’s greatest heavyweight the best offer saying, “The UFC offered him the best possible deal, to pay him more than Dream can offer or Strikeforce can offer.
“I don’t know if somebody controls him. If he has the power to respect his wishes to go wherever he wants. Maybe he has to do what some other people told him to do. I don’t want to insult Fedor. I really don’t understand the situation,” Cro Cop admitted.
Whatever the case may be, Cro Cop has always made his intentions of getting another crack at Fedor clear. After winning the Pride 2006 open-weight grand prix, Cro Cop had hoped to avenge his unanimous decision loss to Fedor, but unfortunately Pride was sold to Zuffa, LLC and Fedor never arrived in the Octagon.