Crocop's official statement regarding dream 5

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loller90278
7/6/08 9:14:09PM
A quote from Crocop from his website at MMA-ID.com

"Hello everyone,
unfortunately I have some bad news? I won't be fighting at DREAM 5 at all. I was about to face Jerome LeBanner but he decided to fight in K1 against Schilt. Mighty Mo was the alternative and I accepted this challenge, but unfortunately Mighty Mo pulled off from the fight. I was ready to face Mo, but maybe this scenario wasn't that bad for me at all and I'll tell you why.
I've been having problems with my right elbow for years and the injury got even worse over last 6 months. I'm already receiving a proper treatment but the recovery won't happen over night. The second problem is a knee injury, something that troubles me for quite a while. I had difficulties using my kicks and over last few weeks I focused more on boxing and grappling. I really wanted to fight on July 21 and I was even ignoring doctor's suggestions, but now I've rached the point from which I can't continue with my normal training regiment due to my injuries.
I was willing to accept the risk of fighting Mo or someone else without being 100% ready fo the fight. I had only one fight this year, I miss big fights and top level competition. I'm eager to get back to the big stage, I still have good fights left in me and I won't give up. I'm not happy with this outcome of course, but at this moment I need to be patient and give some time for my body to recover.
I'm scheduled for arthroscopy tomorrow morning, it's a minor surgical procedure but it will keep me away from MMA trainings for 2-3 weeks probably. From Wednesday I'll focus on my new cardio training program and we'll add MMA elements to my training regiment as soon as my knee will be ready for action.
My goal is to become the first heavyweight champion in DREAM and to do that I need to be ready to fight on September 23. I'm not interested in summer time, vacations or things like that; I'll focus on getting back to shape and hopefully I'll fight in September. I would really like to fight Alistair Overeem, we all know why and I won't let it go. My career is far from being over, I'll be fighting some strong competitors soon again and hopefully I'll meet Fedor in the ring once more in 2009.
Thank you for supporting me and I'll get back to you all soon to keep you updated. "


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cloud301336
7/6/08 9:45:05PM
Man i feel for cro cop but this guy has had so many problems, i think he may never go back to the old cro cop but lets just keep our fingers crossed.
jae_1833
7/6/08 9:47:50PM
Good statement, and most likely a wise decision.... I like that he wanted to fight LeBanner, Mo, and Fedor these are the guys he was made for!!
xAcidburNx
7/6/08 10:34:53PM
This is good news for me to be honest. dont get me wrong. crocops one of my favs but if it means hes gonna take the time to get his body back in one peace im all for it. i can wait as long as it means i get lightning fast head kick knock outs again
cmill21
7/6/08 11:06:44PM

Posted by xAcidburNx

This is good news for me to be honest. dont get me wrong. crocops one of my favs but if it means hes gonna take the time to get his body back in one peace im all for it. i can wait as long as it means i get lightning fast head kick knock outs again



He's never been one to take time off. He's had nose, elbow and foot problems for years, so I'm glad he's taking some time off to get things back to 100%. I would love to see him come back to the UFC to fight Kongo or GG.
jgtribbett
7/7/08 7:22:57AM

Posted by cloud301336

Man i feel for cro cop but this guy has had so many problems, i think he may never go back to the old cro cop but lets just keep our fingers crossed.



yeah, i'm praying for the old cro-cop, but i'm still a fan even if the old one doesnt show back up
tomp6581
7/7/08 10:09:24AM

Cro Cop should heal is injurys, forget japan, sign back with the UFC, train with Randy at xtreme couture to imporve his cage tactics and then insist on rematches against Gonzaga and Kongo.

Manfred
7/7/08 10:24:17AM

Posted by tomp6581


Cro Cop should heal is injurys, forget japan, sign back with the UFC, train with Randy at xtreme couture to imporve his cage tactics and then insist on rematches against Gonzaga and Kongo.




He has said many times that he plans on returning. He wants Fedor first.

There is also some rumors that he's all but guaranteed GG in his first fight back.

emac_cleary
7/7/08 10:45:13AM
not convinced i think he's just ducking people
JimiMak
7/7/08 11:04:47AM
I'd love to see him at 100% again. I am afraid, however, that he may never get back to where he once was. I'd hate to see him just flounder for the rest of his career. He def needs a few top wins before FE should consider giving him a rematch, If they ever fight for the same org again.
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