Fertitta Offers Mirko Cro Cop “Non-Refusable” Offer To Sign With The UFC?

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Who saw this coming,

Fertitta arrived in Zagreb, Croatia on a private plane this morning and proceeded straight to Filipovic’s residence where the pair engaged in two hours of talks, according to Index.hr

“A source tells us that CroCop got an offer that is simply non-refusable,” the article states. “CroCop will almost certainly look at the returning to the strongest MMA league in the world currently knows.” [FightersOnly]

Apparently if this is true, the UFC brass must have seen some favorable numbers post UFC 99 to go after Cro Cop like this. Cro Cops interest in fighting several times a year, was apparently a big sticking point in Cro Cops interest in fighting for the UFC.

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  1. zack

    July 3, 2009 at 4:24 am

    Cro Cop does bring good ratings, but Mirko is past his prime. I believe there is little to no chance that Cro Cop ever becomes the UFC Heavyweight champ. Mirko is looking for easy opponents to KO, but i dont think he wants to face the elite heavyweights in the division like Lesnar, Mir, Couture, Velasquez, Kongo and Carwin. Cro Cop has a glass chin and all those heavyweights besides Couture would probably knock him out. Couture would just pound him out for three rounds. Don't get me wrong i like seeing Cro Cop fight because you know that he's either getting KO'd or the other guy is.

  2. zack

    July 3, 2009 at 4:30 am

    Cant believe Dana would bring him back, after all the Sh*t he talked about Cro Cop. I'm thinking ratings, ratings, ratings.

  3. Mike

    July 3, 2009 at 4:35 am

    Cro cop has only ever been KO'd in 2 of his 6 losses and has 19 ko's from 25 fights…

    Couture would get beat on to hell against Cro Cop, hell Cro Cop would knock him out first round if he hit him anywhere near as hard as he hit Al Turk

    Kongo is a beast at Stand up, but has no ground skills, Cro Cop is a similar striker with good take down defenses making him more all round than Kongo.

    Cro cop was unlucky in his first time in the UFC, he wasn't used to cage or elbows… im sure he's getting better all the time as will be training for it.

    90% of the UFC is now past its prime FYI.

  4. Mike

    July 3, 2009 at 4:43 am

    Dana is a business man, a money man.

    Cro Cop sells in Europe


  5. Jay

    July 3, 2009 at 4:58 am

    I thought that Cro cop told Dana and Lorezno that he was done with the ufc forever??

  6. zack

    July 3, 2009 at 4:59 am

    Well Mike, Kongo has already beat Cro Cop a time back, so he isn't as well rounded as Kongo and Couture is no Al Turk. Couture would take him down and ground and pound the whole fight. Your crazy, 90% of the UFC fighter are past their prime. UFC has the best fighters in the world. Why would they have people past their prime on thier roster? Who are you talking about? Fighters like Machida, GSP, Anderson Silva, BJ, Lesnar, Rampage, Shougun, Alves, Koscheck, Marquaudt and Velasquez. There not past their prime FYI.

  7. thedude

    July 3, 2009 at 5:12 am

    agreed. people just like to hate on the ufc. 90% past there prime. thats just stupid

  8. zack

    July 3, 2009 at 5:12 am

    The only fighters on the UFC roster that are past their prime are MMA hall of famers like Liddell, Hughes, Nogueira and Couture. People love to see those guys fight thats why there on the roster. The UFC just added another fighter past their prime in Cro Cop.

  9. Mike

    July 3, 2009 at 5:14 am

    Anderson is past his prime fyi hes 35.

    average people peak at is 25-28.

    anyone over that IS past there prime, its well known fact that after 28 you lose speed.

    Machida 31.

    Rampage Jackson 31.

    BJ 30

    Koscheck 31

    Lesnar 31

    Marquardt 30

    do i really need to keep on with this?

    tho they are still good fighters in terms of conditions etc, they are past there prime.

    don't even get me started on fighters like Couture, Liddell, and Nog

    but anyways, losing a fight to Kongo has NOTHING to do with being more well rounded.

    Kongo has better stand up than Cro cop

    but he has 0… 0 takedown defense, that makes him a lesser fighter.

  10. zack

    July 3, 2009 at 5:25 am

    Just because your over 28 doesn't mean your past your prime. You just named all those fighters and there the best fighters in the world and there all past the age of 28. You just made my point for me.

    Cro Cop is better than Kongo even though he lost to him. That doesn't make a lot of sense.

  11. Mike

    July 3, 2009 at 5:37 am

    styles make fights…. you sir don't understand that.

    you clearly don't understand how the body works so im not going to explain it to you.

    being over 28 DOES make you past your prime, but it doesn't make you over the hill there's a difference. a massive one.

  12. tom

    July 3, 2009 at 5:44 am

    Dana looks like a pussy for doing this , or hey maybe Dana just wants to Watch Brock or Carwin or Cain to Take Cro Cop down and watch those Elite heavy weight wrestler fucking CRO COPS face up..

    CRO COP is a fucking joke why waste your time dana..

  13. tom

    July 3, 2009 at 5:45 am

    Did you forget Rich is almost 40…Hendo is also i believe almost 40 also..

  14. derek

    July 3, 2009 at 5:49 am

    that's what lorenzo, NOT dana, flew up to croatia. crocop probably makes 1 million a fight in dream. i doubt ufc can match that, unless ufc gives him a large cut of the PPV buys. that was the only way randy could make about $1 million per fight. crocop should pull in big money, but only if he fights good people. like if they put him against brock, that would be interesting. even shane carwin would be interesting. but better yet, once fedor beats barnett, there is nobody left in affliction for fedor. so fedor needs to stop bullshitting himself and come over to the UFC and clean up the division. fedor can then proceed to shut mir up, expose mir, and then show carwin and cain that they are nowhere near the top. fedor can then fight crocop. lastly, anderson will come to his senses, quit bullshitting himself since he has been fighting cans for his last several fights, move up to HW< and a superfight will happen.

  15. other derek

    July 3, 2009 at 6:11 am

    tom how old is rich franklin?

  16. Mike

    July 3, 2009 at 6:18 am

    Rich is ermmmmm 35? :/

  17. zack

    July 3, 2009 at 6:45 am

    i understand styles make fight and maybe you do lose a little bit physically, but mentally you gain experience. That why you see all the UFC greats like Liddell, Hughes, Hendo and Couture have most of their sucess after the age of 28.

  18. zack

    July 3, 2009 at 6:48 am

    Hendo 38, Franklin 34

  19. Karlo

    July 3, 2009 at 7:25 am

    I think Ferrita is Dana's superior right?I hope he does come to the UFC, he's one of my fav stand up fighters

  20. Paradoxx

    July 3, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Cro-cop may not be going for the belt..but the UFC has a surplus of aging stars who would draw huge numbers against Cro-Cop.

  21. zack

    July 3, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Agreed, they have a few but not a surplus. Cro Cop vs Liddell, Cro Cop vs Couture or Nogueira vs Cro Cop but thats about it. Mirko probably knows that these superfights are the only way to go and he'll never capture UFC gold. But, I dont really think Mirko wants any hard fights though. He just wants low ranking heavyweights to KO.

  22. Denis

    July 3, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Mirko Cro Cop is a great fighter, one of the best in the world. Thats why the UFC wants him.

    Put CroCop vs Lesner and there is a good chance cro cop could win. His kicks are deadly…right leg sends fighters to the hospital and the left leg to the cemetery!!

    Lets be real, the fight against gonzaga was bull. If they fought 10 times cro cop would beat him 8 times out of 10.

    And for your info crocop never quit the UFC. The reason he chose dream was because UFC told him the next fight they would offer him would be 6 month later!! ANd crocops response was, "i want to fight more fights because im getting older" he doesnt have time on his side anymore…he cant just wait for dana to set up his fights…cro cop lives for fighting, its in his blood.

    ANd another thing, some people think crocop is a joke, and not a contender for the UFC belt, and I think that is rubish!! CroCop is the most complete fighter!! His punches are hard! Kicks very strong, and his ground game pretty good too. If anyone could become champ its mirko… That croat has so much experience fighting its not even funny.

    yeah so what, he lost some fight…EVERY fighter he EVER lost too he coould still take. And that you cannot say about every fighter, but just a few…

  23. T.R.

    July 3, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    i would like to see a few more highlight head kicks from cro cop before he retires.

    What i mean is I would like to see him deliver a head kick and not take one like the highlight shot gonzaga gave him.

    Even though i feel like cro cop is also getting past his better days I still get excited to see him fight for some reason.

  24. zack

    July 3, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Mirko is a good fighter not great. The UFC doesn't want him because he one of the best fighters in the world, they want him to help them drawn even bigger ratings to their PPV and sell more tickets for their Europe shows. Fedor, Mark Hunt, Gonzaga and Kongo all dominated him in their fights and he's had a lose to Nogueira and was brutally KO'd by Kevin Randleman… A fight i happen to love. Cro Cop can beat the middle class fighters, but not the elite in the division.

  25. other derek

    July 3, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    exactly zack ……couldn't said it better

  26. tom

    July 3, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Dana looks like a pussy for doing this , or hey maybe Dana just wants to Watch Brock or Carwin or Cain to Take Cro Cop down and watch those Elite heavy weight wrestler fucking CRO COPS face up..

    CRO COP is a fucking joke why waste your time dana..

  27. Mike

    July 3, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Mark hunt…. lol, i mean seriously, you could run a truck into his face back in the old days and he'd still get up.

    Gonzaga got lucky with the elbows from GnP Crocop wasn't expecting them and they gave him blurred vision.

    Fedor? everyone loses to Fedor.

    Nog? his record speaks for itself (Mir was lucky he has staph's)

    Dana is a businessman you could be the best fighter in the world, but you know what? if you don't sell enough tickets he won't let you in the UFC

  28. zack

    July 4, 2009 at 1:09 am

    I like Mark Hunt, but he's been beat. Hunt stalked and dominated Cro cop that whole fight. Mirko looked scared almost that entire fight. Backing up and running away from Hunt.

    Why was Gonzaga lucky? He took Cro Cop down and was crushing him with some great ground n pound, when the ref stood them up for no reason and Cro Cop got what he has done to so many others and got brutally KO'd by a monster head kick. If he's one of the best in the world, shouldn't he know how of protect himself better on the ground? Mirko good fighter, not great.

    Dana wants the best, most exciting fighters in the world, but not the one's who put on boring fights that go to decision.

  29. Andre

    July 4, 2009 at 2:09 am

    In my opinion this is a bad move for Crocop just like others have said He's just not in his prime and is nowhere near the fighter that won the pride gran prix. i saw his last fight and even though he was dominant he really won by that poke in the eye, besides i heard Dana had offered him fights with Velasquez , Carwin , and kongo and he had turn them down.it's like he does'nt want to take the top elite in the ufc. not to add that he's being ducking Allister Overing. good luck Crocop

  30. ron shaw

    July 4, 2009 at 3:26 am

    i don't think he does good against fighters like kongo and overeem that have reach advantages. cain would just take him down. carwin and brock are both bigger and stronger. damn, i don't really see any good matches at the top for him. maybe noguiera, mir, or couture.

  31. Mike

    July 4, 2009 at 3:37 am

    Zack… stop talking, you clearly don't know the difference in the rules from Pride to the UFC, which makes anything you say POINTLESS.

    Cro Cop kept backing up? NERRRRRR thats how he fights……. good lord do you know nothing about the guy?

  32. zack

    July 4, 2009 at 4:29 am

    Hey Mike why dont you shut your mouth? Everything you say is retarded. I gurantee have seen way more MMA fights than you and krow more about MMA and it's figthers a lot more than you. I have just about every Pride event and UFC event on tape or dvd. I know the rules in pride(no elbows) and the UFC allows elbows. I guess Cro Cop didn't realize that and got smashed. I guess he was to stupid to train elbows on the ground before entering the UFC.

  33. deakson

    July 4, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Ferritta: "Mirko…either you accept this deal or i'll hire men to kill you and your entire family"

    Thats what I call a "Non-refusable deal"

  34. jay

    July 4, 2009 at 11:55 am

    I think the Dana and his Mob has treated a lot of people bad. What happened to Big John Mcarthy. I know he is in affliction. And Mike goldberg is all trying to hide it and saying stuff like Big John is retired now. I remember him saying that during a fight once. retired?? how could a ref like Big John retire. And than the whole randy couture lawsuit

  35. zack

    July 5, 2009 at 1:03 am

    Why would the Dana and UFC want to get rid of Big John. He's been with them pretty much since the dark ages of the UFC and Randy, I think he was being a crybaby and wanted more money, but at the time he was the second higgest paid guy on their roster behind only Chuck.

  36. ron shaw

    July 5, 2009 at 5:17 am

    randy was pissed because they were offering fedor a crazy amount of money to come in to the ufc. randy felt disrespected.

  37. Mike

    July 5, 2009 at 6:05 am

    Big John left because he doesn't like what the UFC is doing (making MMA a monopoly)

    Randy wanted to fight Fedor…. and he'll never get the chance to do that in the UFC.

  38. derek

    July 5, 2009 at 7:57 am

    big john left because he wanted to further his career. it had nothing to do with the ufc. he wanted to go on to stuff besides being a referee, although everyone will know him as a referee, probably the GOAT. if anything, lorenzo should NOT HAVE FLOWN TO crocop's house. crocop shold have flew to lorenzo's house to BEG to fight again in the ufc, after his shameful dishonest 1 fight contract with the ufc. if anything, lorenzo shold have FLOWN TO FEDOR's house in Russia and offered him a non-refusable contract. fedor's contract ends with affliction 3. plus, affliction has no more good HWs left for fedor after fedor submits josh barnett.

  39. zack

    July 5, 2009 at 8:05 am

    Agreed, the UFC should have offered Fedor a huge, non-refusable contract instead of Cro Cop.

  40. Joey

    July 5, 2009 at 9:28 am

    I thought Big John left because he wanted to do commentating.

    When Dana was trying to get Fedor there wasn't a DREAM or Affliction for him to consider. There was shitty ass Elite and up and comming Strikeforce. I'm sure they offered Fedor some crazy paydays but you won't win anyone over by saying "you need us more than we need you" which is what they pretty much did. They tried to stop him from Sambo. Damn in Russia that is not just a sport its a way of life. Thats like telling him he can't be a part of his culture.

  41. Denis

    July 5, 2009 at 10:49 am

    zack. fuck all ur tapes and dvd's u dont know anything about mirko in person. Watch his documentary, and ull find out lots of things about him. You'll understand him better and see why he deserves to fight with the elite.

    He is not a wanna be fighter, he never called him self the greatest. But he is one of the fighters that will never quite no matter how many times he gets knocked out…that guy broke his leg in a fight and stilll RETURNED to fighting!! HEs a fuckin trooper…and to become the best you have to lose sometimes too, he gained so much knowledge from every loss he ever had that its making him a better fighter…and fuck the eye poke against al turk, if the guy didnt get the eye poked cro would of killed the guy with his kick guaranteed…if you watch the fighty from begining to end, u can tell how mirko was concentrated..and was dominating the fight.

    and like i said i hope mirko returns to the UFC, i want him to prove everyone wrong…he is the darkhorse in UFC, a fight i would love to see is. Cro cop vs Kane, the (brown Power) dude. The reaosn why is because kane got almost knocked out my kongo and some how managed to take him down while he was falling down…but cro cop is a fighter that loves to back up while he knocks his opponents out…and that would be really fun to see vs kane….BAM HEAD KICK!!!! :P

  42. dane drebin

    July 6, 2009 at 6:53 am

    denis u mean cain not kane. kane s the big red dude in the wwe lol.

  43. zack

    July 6, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Hey Denis, FUCK U and your gay love for Cro Cop. I know he sucks just like you and dodges hard fights with elite competition. He's going to comeback and get KO'd.

  44. Denis

    July 7, 2009 at 11:51 am

    LOL zack u're just jealous because im right…so suck it BITCH. And fuck you too. Mirko fought in more competitions then many UFC fighter combined!!! And FYI he does not dodge any competitions…he ACTUALLY wants to fight MORE fights!! When he comes back hes gonna whoop ass…and deep down inside you know he will too…you ignorant punk ass bitch.

  45. steve

    July 7, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    CroCop cant avoid takedowns from the very big and good wrestlers in the UFC HW division. So he will never win the title. And just watch him fight. He has lost what he once had. What made chuck, Wanderlei and a couple other great fighters in history supreme. It was fear. They had their opponent scared. Something Machida is doing now and something that Anderson Silva is doing. The key to beating these guys is to fight your game but they work sooo much on trying to stop anderson that they have no true offense to actually win the fight. Stop name calling about Cro Cop anyways.

  46. Jay

    July 7, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Cro cop??? he wasnt any good in K1 real stand up fighters whoop his ass and he gets beat by guys like chiek kongo and gabe gonzaga. So his stand up is overrated and he has no ground game. So what does he do?? he will kep fighting retards like Hong man choi and Bob saap

  47. zack

    July 7, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Denis your just a Cro Cop, dick sucking, f*cking bitch. I would love to met you, so i could just smash your face in.

    Cro Cop has dodged fights, you stupid ho. Dana offered him Velasquez and he declined. He wanted an easier opponent like a no name in Al-Turk. Yeah, he's wants to fight more fights. But, with pussies like you Denis that he knows he can KO.

  48. Denis

    July 8, 2009 at 5:28 am

    yeah whatever fag, i hope cro cop comes to ur house zack and pokes ur mom in the eye with his cock u retarted bitch…Velasquez sucks by the way!!

    dana didnt offer him shit…

  49. Al 2.0

    July 8, 2009 at 5:53 am

    I don't want to be called a stupid ho or have cro crops cock in my eye but…

    Cro Crop is on the decline. I hope Fertittas offer is large enough so he can keep building and fight top competition by the end, cause I would love to see Cro Crop of old. And I'm pretty sure he was offered higher-tier fights but declined to get back into his grove in the cage since he hadn't been in so long.

  50. Mike

    July 8, 2009 at 6:09 am

    Cro Cop has no TD def? LOL

    ok its not the strongest… but its defo there.

    Cro Cop Dodged Cain? idk about that, but if he did i don't blame him, he has just come back into the UFC with a massive surgery too so yeah, staying away from a possible future HW is a good idea.

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