If a picture is truly worth a thousand words, as the old adage suggests, then the picture posted to the official Facebook page of Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic on Thursday morning weaves a thousand-word story that is initially exciting and nostalgia-triggering, but ultimately unoriginal and sad. The picture, you see, shows the scarred mugs of Cro Cop and Fedor Emelianenko—both legendary heavyweights from the long-gone Pride era—side-by-side, and accompanied by the date: September 25, 2016.
Given that two fighters being positioned side-by-side on a poster almost always means those two fighters are going to fight, we can assume these two aging legends are going to do just that. Given that the poster suggests the fight will be promoted by Japan’s Rizin Fighting Federation—an organization that, in less than a year of existence, has already established itself as a geriatric-fighter-recycler by sending Kazushi Sakuraba and Kazuyuki Fujita to their doom against far younger fighters—we can be almost certain that, despite their being well out of their primes, Fedor and Cro Cop are indeed poised to pummel one another’s broken bodies into further disrepair this September.
Of course, I did begin this article by mentioning the excitement and nostalgia that would be stirred up by this potential bout. There’s no denying that this showdown will provide big forkfuls of both.
If this fight really is happening, it’ll be a rematch of one of the biggest fights in the history of the heavyweight division—dare I say in the history of MMA as a whole. To remind: Cro Cop and Fedor first met in Pride, a league that was helmed by current Rizin FF boss Nobuyuki Sakakibara, back in 2005 in Japan. It was one of those fights that pushed the whole fight game into a wild, anticipatory frenzy. It was a collision between two stoic ….View full article