There isn’t any love lost between Mirko Cro Cop and Fedor Emelianenko. The MMA legends have gone back-and-forth over the last few months criticizing each other’s degrading skills set and downplaying their closeness.
Cro Cop’s latest jab came on Monday’s visit to The MMA Hour. “I like Fedor and I respect him a lot, but it’s not his job, it’s not his concern to act like my mother and to give any kind of advice, especially to me,” Cro Cop said. “I think I’m old and I believe wise enough that I will know when it’s time to go. What happened to me in that fight, it could happen to anyone. Really, I don’t know why Fedor said it.”
The former UFC heavyweight is referring to comments Emelianenko made following Cro Cop’s loss to Oleksiy Oliynyk last November. Emelianenko said something “broke” in Cro Cop and “he is not the same fighter as he was before.” Cro Cop subsequently fired back, bringing up Alexander Emelianenko’s criminal past while calling the older Emelianenko “a grave disappointment.” Yesterday’s remarks have the same sting without the disparaging tone.
“At the end of the day, we used to fight together in the PRIDE ring, so many times we shared a dressing room. I was fighting in his town and he didn’t show up for the press conference. If Fedor came to my hometown, I would find him a few days before, I would take him to lunch, dinner, whatever, shake hands to see him. And I saw him only in the ring. But that’s him. I think and feel differently,” Cro Cop said.
Their only head-to-head match came at PRIDE Conflict 2005 where Emelianenko walked out with a broken nose and a unanimous decision victory. A Dec. 2006 rematch was scrapped when Cro Cop signed a two-year contract with the UFC. The two haven’t been in the same ring since and, according to Cro Cop, haven’t spoken in person since Emelianenko’s initial comments.
“We were brothers in arms,” Cro Cop said. “I was sorry for every loss he had. I was shocked and I was so sad, and at the end of the day I didn’t expect that for him. But enough about Fedor. I really wish him all the best. I’m not mad at him, I just think he shouldn’t have [said] that kind of a comment to me.”