Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic is baffled as to why Fedor Emelianenko (30-1) has not signed with the UFC. Cro Cop made his feelings known during a UFC 103 media conference call, where he stated that the UFC offered Fedor the “best possible deal to date” and that Fedor should have accepted the UFC’s offer.
“I think he should (have taken) the shot, but what are his reasons? I don’t know. I don’t think he’s afraid of someone, but maybe he just wants to keep his perfect score,” Cro Cop stated. “Maybe he thinks the competition in the UFC is too tough; I don’t know. I think he should come (to the UFC), but why is he not there? I don’t know. I respect his wishes, but I would definitely like to see him there.”
In late July, Fedor was offered a multi-million dollar contract from the UFC, which included an immediate title shot against UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. However, the UFC refused to co-promote with Fedor’s company, M-1 Global, which led to Fedor’s signing with Strikeforce.
“I don’t know if somebody controls him, if he has the power to express his wishes to go wherever he wants,” Cro Cop said. “Maybe he has to do what some other people tell him to do. I don’t know. I don’t know the situation, but I really don’t understand his attitude. I really don’t know why he doesn’t want to enter the UFC.”
As for Cro Cop, he will be facing Junior dos Santos at UFC 103 on September 19th. The card is headlined by Rich Franklin facing former UFC light heavyweight champ Vitor Belfort in a 195-pound catchweight bout. Meanwhile, Fedor is scheduled to fight Brett Rogers at a Strikeforce event this fall.