Rizin Unable to Book Me for NYE Due to Cost of Mayweather-Nasukawa Fight

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In an interview with Croatian newspaper Vecernji List
on
Thursday, Mirko “Cro
Cop” Filipovic
stated that he would not be appearing on
Rizin
FF 14
’s New Year’s Eve card in Japan due to budgetary reasons.
Among the topics discussed in his interview was that the cost of
bringing Floyd
Mayweather
to compete at
Rizin Fighting Federation
was so high, they were reportedly
unable to bring in many other high-salaried fighters, including
himself.

A translated excerpt of the interview reads: “Yes, this year I will
not fight at Rizin’s New Year’s Eve [event]. Rizin decided to bring
the famous boxer Floyd
Mayweather
to perform an exhibition match with Tenshin
Nasukawa
, and considering that Floyd was the most expensive
athlete of the day, he himself exhausted Rizin’s budget by not
calling any of the foreign fighters, but the rest of the event was
filled with Japanese fighters.”

“Cro Cop” last competed at Rizin FF 13 this past September, earning
a first round TKO due to a doctor stoppage against Roque
Martinez
. The 2006 Pride openweight Grand Prix and 2016 Rizin
openweight Grand Prix champion, “Cro Cop” is just one of two
fighters to compete in Rizin at least five times and win each bout,
along with Kyoji
Horiguchi
, whose sole Rizin loss was a kickboxing match.

He did assure the fans that he would compete again, stating “I’ll
be in the first half of next year, and I’ll post details when
everything is formalized.”

Rizin FF 14 will take place on Dec. 31 at the Saitama Super Arena
near Tokyo. The event will be headlined by an exhibition boxing
match between Mayweather and Nasukawa, and will also feature a
bantamweight championship matchup between Horiguchi and Bellator
MMA
bantamweight king Darrion
Caldwell
.





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