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 MMA-ID.com, 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.”