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CroCop: ‘Chicken’ Wanderlei pulled out of RIZIN fight

One of the major attractions of the 2016 RIZIN Grand Prix was supposed to be a trilogy bout between Wanderlei Silva and Mirko Cro Cop. Silva even got a first-round-bye in the tournament to help guarantee the booking. But as is often the case, tournaments rarely go as planned. And now it appears that Silva has withdrawn from the bout.

In a post slamming Silva as “a chicken”, 'CroCop' said that if the Brazilian turns up at the RIZIN show in any capacity other than to fight him, there will be trouble.

‘I just received a message from Rizin Fighting Federation that Wanderlei ‘The Braveheart’ Silva doesn't want to fight me. He gets scared and he changed his mind, but he know it from the beginning,” he wrote.

“He played tough guy on the press conference in July and he called me out for a fight. Then I said to myself, this man has a guts, but now we all see what is he made of, nothing but shit. Once he was a fearless and true axe murder but now he's just a scared homie and only thing he can kill is his mosquito.

“And Wanderlei, don't you dare to come to Saitama to see the tournament like a guest because I will slap you like a bitch just like you deserve, you are nothing but a scared bitch and I had so much respect for you as a fighter until now. I suggest a new name for you that will fit you well... WANDERLEI ‘THE CHICKEN’ SILVA.”

Contacted by Bloody Elbow via Whatsapp for comment, 'CroCop' delivered a one-word verdict on his Brazilian rival: “Punk.”

At time of writing 'CroCop' remains on the RIZIN card for New Year's Eve and will be furnished with a replacement opponent. He and Silva have fought twice before, in 2002 and 2006. Both encounters were under the PRIDE FC banner and resulted in a draw and a KO win for Filipovic respectively.

‘CroCop’ is one of eight fighters set to take part in the Openweight Grand Prix Tournament, which commences December 29 with the quarter-final and semi-final bouts, takes December 30 off and then concludes with the second part of the event on December 31.

Former UFC interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin is also taking part in the tournament. It will be the first time he has fought since retiring in May 2013 due to the effects of lingering injury issues.

Source: BloodyElbow.com via John Joe O'regan