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Mirko Cro Cop says he lost all respect for the Emelianenko brothers

Since Mirko Cro Cop announced and competed in his highly publicized ‘Final Fight’ in Zagreb, Croatia back in March 2012, the guy has gone 5-0 in kickboxing and was even crowned the 2013 K-1 World GP Champion. Yeah, apparently the word ‘final’ in Croatian is just another way to say ‘highly elaborate troll job’ in English. A couple weeks ago Cro Cop decided to come back to MMA at Russia’s Legend 2 card and unfortunately lost via neck crank to Alexey Oleinik with just seconds left in the first round. Since then, Fedor apparently made some remarks regarding Cro Cop’s career in a Russian news outlet, and it appears that Mirko has lost all respect for both Emelianenko brothers because of it. Check out this excerpt from Cro Cop’s Facebook page that was picked up by 24 Sata.

Greetings! After resting a bit, let me look back at the fight and some of the events that happened after the fight. Fedor commented on me and today I read a comment from his eminent brother. It’s little to say that I truly respected and liked them both since the time when we fought together in Japan, bot that respect is now gone.

Alexander, who probably caused all the scandal and manfully beat up a 63 years old just so that he doesn’t have to enter the ring with me, I won’t comment too much because the sport is often looked down on because of guys like him, and besides, he doesn’t deserve much of a comment. But Fedor was a grave disappointment. If Fedor fought in my city, I’d come to his hotel, take him out for dinner, have a talk with him, and if I had to tell him something I’d tell it to his face and not talk over newspapers. Afterall, we’re “brothers in arms” and we bled together in Japanese rings, and had a fight that many consider as the best in MMA hisotry, and he not only didn’t have the audacity to say hello, even before the fight in the lockeroom, but he commented on me that I’m this and that, this wasn’t the Fedor that I used to know.

Every one of his loses fell hard on me, as if it were my own, and this same man then says publicly that he doesn’t know what keeps me fighting, that I’m not in shape and such things. Everyone has the right for an opinion, but till I’m shedding my own blood, enduring the torture and pain, the decision is mine, it’s my thing for how long I’ll fight and why I fight.

About the fight, I’m sick because of the loss, but I’m glad that I broke the blockade in my head that I had about grappling through my entire career and I’m glad that I tried to go for a guillotine and after that for a triangle. Sadly, I wasn’t able to get it around him, cause if I did he’d be choked out. If I was able to get both legs together, and it was close, I would have finished him and it would have been “Great job, champ!”, “Awesome!”, “You’re in great shape!”, but like this, it’s just gonna be spitting all over me and this and that.

If the MMA universe was right and just, we would all be getting ready to see Fedor vs. Cro Cop II inside of a ring somewhere in Eastern European. My god, please let this be the precursor for a rematch.