UFC 115 “fight-night” bonuses: Franklin, “Cro Cop”, Condit and MacDonald earn $85k awards

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Rich Franklin, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Carlos Condit and Rory MacDonald each earned $85,000 fight-night bonuses for their performances at tonight’s “UFC 115: Liddell vs. Franklin” event. Franklin earned the “Knockout of the Night” award for his stunning KO of Liddell, “Cro Cop” earned the “Submission of the Night” award , … Read more

CroCop signs extension, not with UFC

According to Croatian Sports website, Sportal, Mirko CroCop Filipovic has signed a 3-fight extension with FEG, the parent company of Dream and K1. In the interview, CroCop says, “The wish of the Japanese promotions is for me to fight (Alistair) Overeem in a K1 rules bout in July. I’m all for continuing our battle from last year.”

After many rumors were circulating that CroCop was close to signing with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Japanese based FEG was quick to offer a multi-fight contract and CroCop signed. According to the report, two of the three fights will be under MMA rules and could possibly pit CroCop in a rematch against Fedor Emelianenko in December of this year.

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Could Hong Man Choi be the next MMA “freakshow” to hit the big time?

Hong Man Choi & Brock Lesnar
Hong Man Choi & Brock Lesnar

Not so long ago many thought that Brock Lesnar was just another MMA sideshow who was brought in to boost pay per view buys and ticket sales.  Now, he has become rather respectable due to his victory over MMA legend Randy Couture.  Those who compared the former NCAA champion to Kimbo Slice have been forced to eat at least a little taste of crow.

Back in the summer of 2007, Lesnar was set to make his debut against another freakish athlete , Choi Hong-man.  Of course, the California State Athletic Commission did not let him fight due to a tumor in his pituitary gland, and Lesnar was forced to debut against replacement fighter Kim Min-soo.  At 7 ft 2 in and weighing over 330 lb, it is safe to say that Hong-man would have provided a much stiffer test.

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