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[UFC] Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic Signs New Deal


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Heavyweight contender Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic has signed a three-fight contract extension with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, UFC president Dana White said on Monday.

Filipovic's rights were in dispute after UFC 99 when Yahoo! Sports, the Canadian Press and several Japanese newspapers reported that Filipovic was going to spurn the oral agreement he made with the UFC and instead fight for the Japanese-based promotion, DREAM.

Several days after the initial reports, Sergio Non of USA Today; reported that DREAM official Mike Kogan confirmed that Filipovic would fight on its July 20 show. A fight between Filipovic and "Mighty" Mo Siligia briefly appeared on DREAM's website as scheduled for July 20.

But Filipovic never signed the DREAM contract and opted instead to honor the agreement he made over the telephone with White. And as MMAjunkie.com reported last week, Filipovic's first bout on the extension will be against Junior dos Santos at UFC 103 in Dallas on Sept. 19.

White blamed Filipovic's manager, Ken Imai, for the confusion over Filipovic's rights. Imai could not be reached for comment.

White, though, said he was pleased to have Filipovic back in the fold.

"I never had a problem with Mirko himself, and I'm looking forward to having him fight for us again," White said. "He's said (his previous stint in) the UFC is the black mark on his career and he wants to do something about that."

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What is wrong with the both of them? It's quite clearly not working! :p

Not the same fighter as he used to be...

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What is wrong with the both of them? It's quite clearly not working! :p

Not the same fighter as he used to be...

yeah weird oh well roll on next match...lets see Cro Cop get pwned.

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To be honest, he looked pretty bad against Al Turk.. and the eye poke was obviously what causes the win. I lost ALOT of respect for Mirko when after the fight he said something to the effect of, he didn't know there was an eyepoke or even if he did poke him that's not what gave him the win.. it was complete BS.

So given how ****ty he's looked in the UFC, his next fight against Junior Dos Santos is gonna be another loss for Mirko IMO.. dos santos is a hot up and coming HW and he's no joke.

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