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Thread: Mirko CroCop vs Mustafa Al-Turk official for UFC 99

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    I like how CroCrop says he wants to face the best,and there giving him this guy...guess he needs a warm up fight...they'll do what they did with him the first time,give him a warm up fight, so he can knock the dude out, then give him a hard fight. I hope CroCrop does better this time around,he said his head is in it this time,so lets hope thats true.
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    ...Official? Anyway, surprised to see CroCop back so soon. He'll probably Eddie Sanchez him.

    Watch out Shane Carwin. Never thought much of CroCop, but the guy is definitely experienced.

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    Report: "Cro Cop" says he's in for UFC 99 return against Al Turk | MMAjunkie.com

    PRIDE and K-1 superstar Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic (24-6-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) says he is making his return to the UFC following a 20-month hiatus from the sport's biggest organization.

    Filipovic stated in his MMA-ID blog that he was hoping for three fights this year in the UFC, and a subsequent press release from the Croatian striker's official website confirmed the news.

    Filipovic claims he will be fighting Mostapha Al Turk (6-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC 99 in Germany, and an additional report from The Wrestling Observer cites UFC President Dana White as having confirmed the bout.

    Al Turk had originally been slated to meet debuting American Top Team heavyweight Todd Duffee (4-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) on the preliminary card of the June 13 event in Cologne, Germany.

    The official fight card for the event on the UFC's website still shows Al Turk vs. Duffee on the evening's schedule.

    Filipovic's original MMA-ID blog is included, unedited, below:


    Back in the UFC

    So we have some big news!

    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.

    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.

    It's hard to talk about concrete plans, but I would really like to fight at least three times this year. I wish to fight against quality opponents and to fight my way up to a title shot but for now, I'll focus only on my next fight and after that we'll see what's going to be on the menu next.

    I want to say thank you Mr. Dana White for your interest and for an invitation back to the UFC. I owe you a lot from our first deal, and I'll make it up to you.

    Thanks everyone for supporting me all the way - we are back in business!

    Mirko

    The press release from Filipovic's official website is also included, unedited, below:


    PRESS RELEASE: Cro Cop Back In UFC

    These days the boys from Cro Cop team are training in full force. After a long break and highly demanding recovery process, Mirko Cro Cop is ready to fight in MMA again.

    All problems with injuries are history and Cro Cop is very optimistic to start another chapter in his career: "I feel great, the recovery process is going well and we train at high intensity now. I never had such a strong desire to prove myself and I'll climb up again, or die trying."

    Mirko's next fight is set for June 13th in Germany, which means that he's back in the UFC, a place that he didn't have his best moments: "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. 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," claims Cro Cop.

    UFC 99 will be Cro Cop's first fight this year with the possibility of three fights coming by years end. "It's hard to talk about concrete plans, but I would really like to fight at least three times this year. I wish to fight against quality opponents and to fight my way up to a title shot but for now, I'll focus only on my next fight and after that we'll see what's going to be on the menu next," says Cro Cop. Although the UFC 99 card looks stacked, it seems that the UFC officials can see the benefits of hiring a top European fighter for their first ever UFC show in Germany.

    "I want to say thank you Mr. Dana White for your interest and for an invitation back to the UFC. I owe you a lot from our first deal, and I'll make it up to you," promises Cro Cop.

    All news related to Mirko Cro Cop's career are posted on Mirko's official MMA-ID profile on MMA-ID: MMA Profiles, MMA Videos, MMA News | CROCOP and Mirko's official homepage CROCOP.

    Yours truly,
    The CROCOP Team

    Sources close to Duffee were unaware of any potential changes to the UFC 99 card when contacted by MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com).

    Filipovic originally entered the UFC as a highly regarded heavyweight in February 2007. The devastating striker entered the UFC on a four-fight win streak that included victories over Josh Barnett, Wanderlei Silva, Hidehiko Yoshida and Ikuhisa Minowa.

    After earning a victory in his UFC debut over Eddie Sanchez, Filipovic then suffered a devastating knockout at the hands of Gabriel Gonzaga and a lackluster decision loss to Cheick Kongo. The UFC and Filipovic parted ways at that time, thought both insisted "Cro Cop" would eventually return to the organization.

    Filipovic has since earned TKO wins over Hong Man Choi and Tatsuya Mizuno in Japan, while battling through repeated illegal groin shots to settle for a no contest against Alistair Overeem.

    For the latest on "UFC 99: Franklin vs. Silva," stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of MMAjunkie.com.
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    I am a Cro Cop fan and will be checking out the fight. I hope he KO's Al-Turk

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    Mostapha Al Turk is set to fight Todd Duffee on that night....but Herring just had to get out of his fight with Cain so I think that Cro Cop is now going to be fighting Cain instead.

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    oh yes! so glad to see him back in the ufc! hope he comes back strong and runs through Mustafa!
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    big bucks, no whammies, and CRO COP OF OLD!?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgad007 View Post
    Mostapha Al Turk is set to fight Todd Duffee on that night....but Herring just had to get out of his fight with Cain so I think that Cro Cop is now going to be fighting Cain instead.
    Not likely. The UFC is building Cain up to a title shot and the is no way they put him in with CC right now, maybe in a few months but not right now.

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    I have a good feeling this will be the Cro Cop debut we were all hoping for a few years ago. If he would just let his hands go and let the fight come to him he will be much more effective. Cro Cop KO R1

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    nice comeback!....hope to fight strong!...
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