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Mirko Cro Cop Pulls One Over On Dana White, Signs With Dream (UPDATE)
UFC President Dana White has been talking all week about the over the phone deal done with the Croation fighter Mirko Cro Cop to face Mostapha Al Turk on the main card at UFC 99.
In a surprise move, Mirko Cro Cop informs Dana White during the post-fight press conference, that he has already signed a three fight contract with the Japanese promotion DREAM and will not be signing a long term contract with the UFC.
The story of the post-fight action was Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic telling UFC president Dana White he didn’t want to sign with the UFC longterm. Technically he couldn’t because he informed White that he had already signed a three fight deal with DREAM in Japan.
Dana White reacts to the news:
“Isn’t that a dirty (expletive) thing to do?” White asked rhetorically after being queried about Filipovic’s deal with DREAM. “He (expletived) me. The first time in the history of the company I do one over the phone. He promised me a three-fight deal and he (expletived) me.”
“He didn’t keep his word … He talked about honor and all this other [expletive] and he [expletived] me.”
“He fed me this bull [expletive] about wanting to take a run for the title, and what I think he did was, he went out and did this. He turned down every other [expletive] fighter I offered him, because I needed him to fight Cain. He didn’t just poke Al-Turk; he poked me, too.” [Yahoo Sports]
A shady thing to do after talking about making one more run at the UFC title during the pre-fight press conference.
Cro Cop denies the deal with DREAM:
“I don’t know why White listened to the rumors instead of talking to me. I hoped that we will talk about a continuing of our collaboration, because the only obstacle was the long period between two fights that has been offered to me. I don’t want to sit at home so long and waiting that someone calls me for a fight.”
“However, I am grateful to Dana White for an opportunity to fight in Cologne and despite his harsh words, I don’t see the reason that we don’t prolong the contract.”
UPDATE 2 – Cro Cops a lair!
USAToday has confirmed with the Japanese promotion DREAM, the Mirko Cro Cop has signed to fight in Japan.
The news was later confirmed to me in an e-mail from Mike Kogan, who runs the U.S. operation of Dream’s parent company, Fighting and Entertainment Group.