He has no commitment to honor if he doesn’t have a contract. I feel Pride/DSE are the ones fucking up if they don’t have him signed by the time the Grand Prix rolls around.
This is a huge letdown as this is probably the fight I’ve been looking forward to most out’ve the final rounds.
He put himself into the OWGP. The win bonus for winning the OWGP was known to all. If Silva, Barnett, Nogueira have no problem with it why does Mirko?
I feel he does have a commitment to honor what he said. Yes not in a legal sense. He has fought in Japan nearly his whole professional career, he should know how things are done in Japan. It is a tournament. You get paid to appear and your first fight. If you win the tournament you get the tournament check. Does he want his salary for both fights and the tournament check? Even if he loses his second fight? The tournament is an opportunity to get a shot at the heavyweight championship. So he does not really want it.
I respect what you’re saying, and we are obviously debating something where we aren’t yet sure of the details, but I still feel that he is doing what he needs to for himself and his family which is far more important than anything we fans feel he should do.
What if he were to get hurt in that second match ending his career? He may garner your respect and a few pats on the back, but that won’t pay for his kids schooling and food. The HW championship may be something we as fans want to see him try for, but really he needs to do what will make him successful, I cannot fault a guy for trying to do what is best for his family.[/quote]
Yes I understand what you are saying. We do not know the details. What I am saying is the Japanese perspective. That sort of thing doesn’t fly here. If there is an injustice I understand.