Pride held its Open Weight Grand Prix Finals Press Conference in Tokyo on Saturday. Three of the four semi-finalists were there, with Mirko Cro Cop being the one absent semi-finalist. When the fighters were asked what they thought about Cro Cop not showing up. Nogueira said, “Well, it’s up to Mirko Cro Cop whether to appear in the press conference or not. It’s totally his freedom. However, I am sure he will appear tomorrow.”
Josh Barnett jokingly said, “I think Cro Cop is just shy,” which drew a laugh from the crowd. Wanderlei Silva, however, didn’t mince words and said, “I don’t care because I hate him.” It is no secret that Cro Cop also dislikes Silva. The mututal dislike between Silva and Cro Cop should make for fireworks at Sunday’s show.
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