Yesterday morning reports surfaced stating that Mirko Cro Cop would not be fighting in the Pride Open-Weight Grand Prix due to monetary issues. The crisis is now over. Pride Fighting Championship and Mirko Cro Cop have come to an agreement which will allow Cro Cop to finish the tournament.
Mirko Filipovic has reportedly decided to not participate in the semi-final round of Pride’s Open-Weight Grand Prix on September 10th due to monetary issues. Cro Cop has stated that the purse for winning the tournament is not enough for possibly having to fight twice in one night to win the event.
Dream Stage Entertainment has announced the match-ups set to take place in the semi-finals of the Pride Open Weight Grand Prix.
Wanderlei Silva vs. Mirko Cro Cop
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Josh Barnett