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Mirko Cro Cop open to offers from both K-1 and mixed martial arts promotions

March 19, 2012 All MMA News

If you thought the career of former PRIDE open weight grand-prix champion, Mirko Cro Cop was over then think again after the Croatian legend today revealed he’s not only open to offers from the worlds number one kickboxing promotion but would also consider prolonging his mixed martial arts career as well.

Speaking via Fighters Only Magazine, when asked what was next for him Cro Cop responded:

“Well I’m talking about K-1… I don’t want to say too much but I am interested. Most important thing is health and I feel perfect now, I feel perfect and I needed this fight [with Sefo] to swim out of the bad mood, of the jinx, to swim out of everything.”

“I feel good and today I am enjoying my life. I was very depressed after my last fight in the UFC. The most important thing in life is health. If you have no health you cannot train, mentally you are closed off. You come to training in pain, or you know you cannot use your arm or kick hard because of some injury to the knee. It frustrates. But right now I am feeling very good.”

“As I told many times, but people got it wrong – each fight could be the last one for me. Injuries are serious in my sport. To tell you the truth, injuries are more of a threat in training and in some wild sparring than in the fight itself. We have crazy trainings and crazy sparring, so many things could happen.”

“If I get poked to the eye one more time like I did before the Mir fight, most probably I wouldn’t be able to fight any more. I was poked in the eye and the eye was bleeding – blood was coming from the eye itself. Serious injury; it had no effect on the fight but one more injury like that I will have to go for eye surgery and probably have a problem with it until the end of my life. And that is from training. I never had an injury like that in my fights. Same with my knee, my foot. I hurt my knee training, not in the fight.”

“And one more thing – I am sick and tired of explaining to reporters – not you, not you! – but people who are calling me, journalists who I respect, and I am glad they are taking interest in me. But I don’t want to say I will fight ten more fights or one more fight. Maybe I will do fifteen more fights or I will do none… You will be informed about everything.”

“Right now I have some offers and I am thinking carefully about what to do. Right now I am still on vacation and I am back in training on Monday. So lets wait and see; I don’t want to keep discussing speculation on the next fight, the future. You know what I mean John – lets just wait and see what the future will bring. Right now I am ready and I have an offer for May, July and September. We will see which offer I take and which offers I will not take.”

When asked whether it was just kickboxing promotions he was entertaining fighting for in the future, Cro Cop added:

“Yes K-1… but I have some MMA offers as well. We will see. I don’t want to say too much! All I can see is I will see; I don’t want to talk too much.”

Cro Cop recently fought Ray Sefo in what was supposed to be his final professional fight as far as his kickboxing and mixed martial arts careers are concerned but it appears from these comments he’s happy to fight for both K-1 in their upcoming World Grand Prix and the odd super fight in the mixed martial arts world. Stay tuned to MMABay for more on this as we get it.

By Michael Pepper. (Follow me on Twitter)

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