EA Sports would not be happy if Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic were UFC president. Cro Cop claims if he was MMA’s head honcho, he would fire UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones, who just scored half the cover of EA’s first UFC video game, former heavyweight champ Frank Mir, 265-pound top contender Fabricio Werdum and Alistair Overeem for their “unprofessional” behavior.
The four UFC stars are currently in Moscow conducting seminars in conjunction with today’s “Legend – Part 2: Invasion” event. Cro Cop says the quartette went all-out fanboy by sitting front row at the press conference, snapping pics and posing in front of Legend banners – essentially helping the upstart MMA organization promote their show.
After Cro Cop took pictures with the Octagon icons (Overeem posted the image above on his Twitter account), he went to his hotel room and unleashed an extended rant about the situation:
“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.”
Okay, CC. If it were only that easy for a balding man to grow his hair back…
Cro Cop made his highly-anticipated UFC debut in June 2009. Unfortunately for the kickboxer, he went just 3-4 inside the Octagon and is considered one of the UFC’s biggest free agent busts.
He fights Alexey Oleinik today in Russia.
Please click the media player below to watch Cro Cop’s entire speech: