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Return to UFC could be on the horizon for Mirko Cro Cop

A return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship could be on the horizon for Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic.

According to a post attributed to Filipovic on his official page at the European social MMA networking site, Cro Cop’s first fight back in the Octagon will be against Mustapha Al-Turk.

“So we have some big news!,” the post under Cro Cop’s official account began. “I decided to fight in the UFC again, because of the stronger competition in the heavyweight division. My next opponent will be Mustapha Al-Turk.”

The UFC has yet to make any official announcement regarding Cro Cop’s return.

Speculation has been running rampant since the post that Cro Cop will return on June 13 at UFC 99 in Cologne, Germany, but he did not reveal a specific date for his bout vs. Al-Turk.

Flilpovic, 24-6-2, has not competed in the UFC since a unanimous decision loss to Cheick Kongo at UFC 75 on Sept. 8, 2007. After accepting a lucrative offer to leave PRIDE, the defeat dropped his Octagon record to a disappointing 1-2 and prompted UFC officials to allow him to compete elsewhere.

In three fights outside of the UFC, Cro Cop went 2-0 with a no contest while competing for DREAM and sibling promotion K-1. In his post at MMA-ID, Cro Cop expressed his appreciation for being given a second chance and acknowledged he has a lot to prove.

I didn’t do well in my first three appearances – I wasn’t myself. By returning to the cage I want to prove that I can still fight at highest level, no matter when or where.

“I want to say thank you Mr. Dana White for your interest and for an invitation back to the UFC,” his official page states. “I owe you a lot from our first deal, and I’ll make it up to you.”

  • s00nertp says:

    Finally.. WELCOME BACK Cro-cop!!!

    I have a list of about 7 fighters that I would watch if they lost all their fights, as long as they still brought all they had to the table.

    Cro-cop is on my list. I remember how he was, I know he is still the man, I want to see him make it happen in the UFC & I am patient.

    Plus, 205 isnt for sissies, it is the most difficult division to dominate.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    what makes you think it will be at 205? that would be awsome, but unlikely?

  • Jstew3785 says:

    I don’t think he has any plans on dropping down to 205. He’s a legit heavweight with wins against legit heavyweights in his career. His press release said he was coming back because of the stronger competition in the heavyweight division. I’m stoked that he’s coming back. I’m worried that he’s stepping in on such short notice, but I think he’ll be alright. I’d like to see them put him on the 100 card, give him some time to train for his opponent, but I don’t think he’ll need to study Al-turk too much.

  • Angry Mike says:

    Whaa? He’s coming back because of better competition in the UFC? It was the better competition in the UFC that led to his departure in the first place. Hopefully he’s stepped up his game while he’s been competing elsewhere. Doubt it, but it’s possible.

  • Jstew3785 says:

    I think he’ll be back in top form. He’s going to surprise a lot of people. Just a gut feeling I have, nothing more.


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