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Cro Cop signs a legit three fight deal with the UFC

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There will be no more verbal agreements for Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic as far as the UFC is concerned.

UFC President Dana White did something he never had before when he negotiated a verbal three fight deal with Cro Cop just prior to the Croatian knockout artist’s recent return to the octagon against Mustapha al Turk.

A three fight deal that was supposed to have been thrown under the bus on Filopovic’s end after reports surfaced that he had signed a contract with the Japanese DREAM organization.

UFC chairman Lorenzo Fertitta had been reported to have travelled to Croatia recently where he had a private meeting with Mirko.

Those talks must have gone well as Dana White has recently reported to Kevin Iole from Yahoo! Sports that Cro Cop has officially been inked to a three fight deal with the UFC.

Cro Cop has been scheduled to return to the octagon on September 19 at UFC 103 against Junior dos Santos.

11 COMMENTS
  • hindsightufuk says:

    if he couldnt beat the only out and out striker in the UFC HW (Kongo), i cant see how he is going to fair against cain, randy, shane, brock, frank, nog etc.
    I dont actually see the point of him being there other than to sell tickets.
    I would love to see Randy kick his arse tho. not that i dont like mirko, its been a long time since he was at his pinnacle

  • They probably had Cro Cop put his blood on this contract just to make sure. If Cro Cop goes on to beat dos Santos and Couture beats Nogueira, the UFC might just have a huge fight fall right into their laps.

  • Angry Mike says:

    Cro Cop signs a contract with UFC and faces an up and coming heavy weight. During his last tour, it was Gonzaga, who ko’d him with one of the most devastating high kicks ever seen in the octagon. He then loses to another young heavyweight (Kongo), and is cut after winning (finally) against an inferior opponent (al Turk)

    Prediction: dos Santos wins by devestating first round ko. Mediocrity ensues, and UFC cuts Cro Cop. Again.

    Moral of the story: There’s no education from the second kick of a mule.

  • 141.75 grams of pain says:

    Cro Cop is back in the UFC for the same reason Bisping was fasttracked. Sell the UFC in Europe. That’s it. Dana and the Fertitta Bros have proven they’re not stupid. Cro Cop couldn’t beat Al-Turk without the eye poke and he’s on the bottom rung of the HW ladder. They want to grow the sport and what better way than with an established name in Europe and Asia. Great business move, crappy fighting move. Once again, more proof why there is no pure sport anymore, only business with sports undertones.

  • Mbreckles49 says:

    Mir vs. Cro Crop would really interest me.

  • metalmulisha says:

    @141.75 grams of pain

    You might want to try and be objective if you want your opinions to be taken seriously, because you try and make it out to sound as if Cro Cop were on the verge of losing until he poked Al Turk in the eye.
    “Cro Cop couldn’t beat Al-Turk without the eye poke”

    The ending was unfortunate but seriously if you think Al Turk was on the verge of a win until he got eye poked you should watch the fight again without drinking a tall glass of Haterade first.

  • PlagueAngel says:

    I was also pissed at the eye poke. If the ref would have seen it, would Cro Cop have been DQed if Al Turk was unable to continue? The fight is three rounds and Al Turk could have picked up his game later in the rounds. “141” has a great point on the Europe issue. I never thought about it on selling Europe and it makes sense.

  • metalmulisha says:

    I guess now Kevin Iole at Yahoo can play MMA journalist again and admit he was talking out of his ass when he said mark my words Mirko Cro Cop will never fight in the UFC again, but who am I kidding it’s not like Iole can salvage any credibility as a journalist anymore anyway.

  • Gurthee says:

    “You might want to try and be objective if you want your opinions to be taken seriously, because you try and make it out to sound as if Cro Cop were on the verge of losing until he poked Al Turk in the eye.
    “Cro Cop couldn’t beat Al-Turk without the eye poke”

    The ending was unfortunate but seriously if you think Al Turk was on the verge of a win until he got eye poked you should watch the fight again without drinking a tall glass of Haterade first.”

    Let me start by saying I’m a Cro Cop fan. But how was Cro Cop winning that fight? If I recall he had thrown maybe half a dozen punches and no kicks in that fight before he poked Turk in the eye. Turk was throwing and landing many more punches. Either way, it should have been a NC or DQ due to the poke. CC looked out of shape and a little flabby in that fight IMO. I hope he can turn things around but I honestly don’t see him being a factor in the HW division anymore. Too one dimensional IMO and he just hasn’t looked the same since winning the HW tourney in PRIDE. Prove me wrong CC!

  • edub says:

    Guthee Im not trying to flame you man, but what fight were u watching. Turk had been hit with 6 or 7 clean/measured shots before the eye poke.

    IMO I agree with it being a tko because I think it was on the verge of being finished by Cro Cop anyway.

  • Patrickk says:

    Neither one of those guys are going to make it in the HW division anymore. Cro Cop has already been manhandled by Kongo, and knocked out cold by Gonzaga. Al Turk got obliterated by Kongo and now by Cro Cop. Al Turk will probably be released from the UFC if his next fight is a lost. And Cro Cop will be released immediately after his 3 fight contract is up. He will lost horribly to dos Santos by KO btw.

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