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Fighters React To Cro Cop Leaving The UFC

After learning that Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic had left the UFC to return to Japan and fight for the new organization DREAM, some ex-UFC fighters gave their thoughts on the current situation:

Kevin Randlemen – “My first response is oh well. I am not fighting in the UFC so it really doesn’t matter to me one way or the other. A lot of people didn’t believe in him anymore but he is good enough to win in the UFC. It takes time to adjust to the cage. I don’t think it is good or bad for the sport and I am really not surprised that he left.”

Mark Coleman – “Basically, I could really care less. It was his choice, he came into the UFC and got whipped and now he left. I wouldn’t say that I am surprised but now he is going to have to live with coming in, getting smashed and not finishing the job.”

Bas Rutten – “I feel bad to hear that he is leaving because I really wanted to see the Cro Cop that I knew from Japan because I think that he wasn’t the same Cro Cop in the UFC, so I can understand if he wants to go to another organization. God Speed!!”

Renato “Babalu” Sobral – “I have heard of the new organization and I am surprised the UFC isn’t suing him yet. Good for Cro Cop, he didn’t have a good experience in the UFC so it is good that he is able to go fight somewhere else. He is a very good fighter.”

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