Mirko Cro Cop Pulls One Over On Dana White, Signs With Dream (UPDATE)

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Updated: June 13, 2009
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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.

UPDATE
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.

52 Comments

  1. CagE

    June 13, 2009 at 11:36 am

    PRIDE is dead and so is Cro Cops hunger. The guy is looking to coast into retirement with some bs fights in Japan.

  2. derek

    June 13, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    so that's it? crocop came back to fight one fight in the UFC and leave??? WTF? crocop is a fucking pussy. he came to the UFC first, got his ass whipped, then signed with some other org to avoid UFC fighters. he said he could come back to claim that UFC title and he finally does come back. but after one fight against a subpar fighter, crocop is exiting the UFC. WTF is that

  3. Porsche930_Pilot

    June 13, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    I think he probably got a better deal and went with it. I'm sure there's allot of people that felt the same way White feels right now, that they got screwed by the UFC or White himself but as we all know you have to do what's best for yourself especially in the fight world so they offered him something better and he took it. Good for him.

  4. fedor24

    June 13, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Nice to see dana take one in the pills for a change. Listen to him whine like a baby. He can dish it out but he can't take it. Sucks that cro cop will not be in the UFC as they need all the star power they can get at heavyweight. Karma is a bitch ain't it dana?

  5. Kash

    June 13, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    I'm just disappointed to hear that Crocop was ducking fighters and finally settled with Al-Turk. The UFC already did him a solid with Eddie Sanchez. Dana sounds pissed though. I guess he's not used to being on that end of a one night stand Lol.

  6. Dave

    June 13, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    I'm cracking up that all of you UFC fanatics actually believe what White is saying about Cro-Cop ducking his fighters. Read what that crying little aerobics instructor is saying. The head of a major sports organization and he spouts off like one of his many angry teenage viewers. He is pissed off that Cro-Cop took a better deal somewhere else and now he just wants to put him down as much as he can – even if it means stretching the truth. Grow up Dana.

  7. Businessman

    June 13, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    I think this was all staged. Neither Crocop, Dana, or anyone in their right mind thinks that he can make a title run. However Crocop is still a big name and has star sttraction, specially in Europe, so why not. I don't think Dana is that stupid to do this over the phone and then have it back-fire. Cro cop lookes stupid his first time around the UFC and wanted to come back and win once on the UFC before he fights nobodys and then retires. I have not seen this UFC, I was not going to be around today so I ordered for tomorrow but from the looks, it did not look to impressive. I may eat my words tomorrow but right now it is looking like another, no-chamoionship match event that sucks. There really werent a lot of big name fighters so I am sure Dana gave Crocop a fight deal to help him sell this event. Keep in mind that Dana cannot make this public because a 1 fight deal is what Fedor wants…and it would not be in Dana's good intertest to sign Fedor to a 1 fight deal. He would want him for at least 3 or 4 fights.

    I don't beleive this for 1 second.

  8. gg

    June 13, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    lol wtf???

  9. Kash

    June 13, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Businessman you won't be disappointed in Silva/Franklin or Davis/Hardy. I think both of those could have won fight of the night.

  10. tom

    June 13, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Thats fucked up..I lost all respect for Cro cop..First his win was a bullshit win by pocing ALturk in the guy then Throw 4 punchs that miss ha Cro Cop is a fucking joke..

  11. Onri

    June 13, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Cro Cop looked average against an average fighter. It doesn't matter where he goes because he's never going to be any type of champ. He can't beat the best.

  12. patrick bateman

    June 13, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    dana got fucked in the ass hahahahah how does it feel you like that do ya anyone actually care that cro -flop is not going to sign on for more fights in ufc. i cant believe they let him back after his last stint- he is a bum and he actually could have fought cain and pussed out because he would have been beat down and he looked terrible in this win. bad job ref who should have stopped it and given turk time to sort his eye out and he might have won.

  13. Ross

    June 14, 2009 at 12:53 am

    Dana is pissed but i think when he looks back on it, Its probably good that Cro-Cop isn't going to be fighting in the UFC anymore. he is washed up and wouldn't fight any of the big fighters so no point in him being there.

  14. ELBOWZ

    June 14, 2009 at 1:12 am

    Dana should "PAY HIS FIGHTERS"… this shit won;t happen otherwise.

    Good for Cro Cop!!!!

  15. derek

    June 14, 2009 at 5:29 am

    fuck crocop. fedor needs to stop bullshitting and get his ass over to the UFC to answer frank mir's questions. and to make brock shit in his pants.

  16. dane drebin

    June 14, 2009 at 7:27 am

    i dont understand why in cro cops post fight interview did he say he wants to fight randy next then? im confused. we will see him fight in the ufc sooner than later imo.

  17. andrew torriente

    June 14, 2009 at 11:14 am

    While I am slightly dissapointed that I won't see Filipovic continue fighting guys in the UFC, I really do love to see Dana squirming and crying over someone "doing him wrong" like he does to every body. He brings in up and Comers puts them against the best then cuts them when they lose fights they are supposed. He deserves it for running the "EA" of mma and being a fucking dictator with his contracts. If he didnt have absurd control issues and let people fight across organizations like EVERYWHERE ELSE, and like UFC used to. Dream will have great opponents to offer Cro Cop or any other heavyweight for that matter due to their strange affiliations with Strikeforce/affliction. Im not happy with Cro Cop decision per se', but I really do love to see Dana White cry and moan like the unproffesional fuck he is.

    Oh and please intentional eye poke? Really? are you guys serious…please tell me no…you fucking douche bags are the same people that were annoying me at the bar last nigh, and why i am embarrassed to admit to the average mildly intellectual that I am a fan of mma, not the morons crying a bout competent ground work at Las Vegas events, not the people that sit and watch intelligenty watch the technique like fans in Japan do. sorry for that block of text…

  18. RatAttack68

    June 14, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Cro cop hasn't done shit in the UFC and camn goto Drteam for all I care. The UFC has better fighters and cro cop knows it.

  19. patrick bateman

    June 14, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Mirko Cro-Cop I Fucked Him OH

  20. Ryan S

    June 14, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    I thought Crocop was only signed up for 1 fight in the UFC anyway.

  21. t-los

    June 15, 2009 at 12:38 am

    that's the nature of the business. funny i remembering dana fucking AA over when he fought in columbus 2 years ago. he had a champion fight in an undercard not televised because AA didn't sign on to do anymore fights at the time (right before affliction). everyone that watches mma know AA's fights are explosive and exciting. just the nature of the business.

  22. tom

    June 15, 2009 at 1:17 am

    Cro Cop is over.

  23. thedude

    June 15, 2009 at 5:35 am

    maybe arlovski's fights were exciting a few years ago but not towards the end of his ufc career. as much as you all hate it, dana knows what he's doing. except it. maybe he doesnt pay fighters ridiculous amouts of money because he doensnt want to go out of business like the other companys that pay fighter out the ass. cro cop is washed up and couldnt cut it in the ufc before. i dont even see why dana wants him anyway. and tim losing to ray mercer like that makes all the talk of fedor beating ufc champions real credible. arlovski also. beating 2 ufc rejects and now a 3rd coming up isnt a big deal. now bring on the bashing all you fedor lovers:)

  24. roy

    June 15, 2009 at 5:58 am

    your wrong thedude, aa was at his best and recently beating nelson and rothwell in exciting fasion, dana didn't let aa go and he wanted to keep him it was aa that left on his own.he was boring in the ufc no since he got knocked out by tim and than had 2 boring fights one against tim because he was afraid to get knocked out and than one against werdum who could make anyone look boring.so he beat one ufc reject not 2 and its better beating rejects than losing to them like some of the ufc hw's. did it take something away from his wins?maybe but its a easy debate just tell me who is better than fedor? can't do it can you?

  25. thedude

    June 15, 2009 at 6:46 am

    ok you got me on arlovski, i forgot he was winning on his way out. why isnt mir better than fedor, you dont know, i dont know. unless it happens soon no one will because age is catching up to all these guys and they wont be as good as they were.

  26. roy

    June 15, 2009 at 7:33 am

    well i think mir is not even top 5, before his accident he could barely get by wes sims and after he was losing to people like cruz and got destroyed by vera.before accident tim was his only notable win and after he has only beat a rookie lesnar and a sick nog.i have real thought mir sucked for a long time but i will give him some credit for those 2 wins but not enough to be considered the best hw out there.if he gets past lesnar again and one more decent fighter i will give him his props and say he deserves a fight with fedor untell than i am just waiting for him to be exposed as a mid level fighter.

  27. dane drebin

    June 15, 2009 at 8:28 am

    its cool roy i dont see mir getting past brock a second time. i agree with you mir is very over rated.

  28. Tim

    June 15, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Mir is overrated but still a threat it looks like he has elevated his level of fighting a bit…but he is facing a not so rookie fighter anymore with all the tools the first time they fought and more ring time equals calmness and ability to control his aggression and not get caught…miracles do happen and thats the only thing that will stop Lesnar from pounding Mir into submission himself…

    I would love to see Mir vs Fedor i think that would be great wonder who the better submission expert is? One is considered the best BJJ expert out there today and othera sambo champ with just a shortecoming of greatness…would be interesting..

    Cro Cop fucked Dana…and the UFC…we didnt need him anyways…

  29. dane drebin

    June 15, 2009 at 8:59 am

    mir isnt considered the best bjj expert out there lol. Babalu submitted him in a grappling match not too long ago. also in one of his latest interviews he said hes been training with demian mai and demian beats him most of the tim. mir's got some good subs for sure but i think werdum, gonzaga, and nog are better on the ground.

  30. TJ

    June 15, 2009 at 11:10 am

    HAHAHA dane!!! ur a dumbass if u think gonzaga and werdum are better than mir on the ground. il give u big nog maybe, but come on….SERIOUSLY??? and all of u jackasses that are saying lesnar is guna dominate mir, ur fucking stupid. mir can throw subs at brock all night, until he catches him….(which will proly be tha 1st attempt, in the 1st minute of round 1). lesnar has NO CHANCE

  31. RatAttack68

    June 15, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    TJ you are smoking crack if you think mir is going to dominate lesner. You are right that mir will lay on his back all night like a little bitch trying to submit him because he knows that he will get knocked the fuck out in a stand up war. And I'm not a big lesner fan I'm just going off both fighters last several fights. Frank looked his best against nog, but then again nog always gets beat up at first and then comes back to win.

  32. TJ

    June 15, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    WHAT!!!! ur going off their last couple fights??!! are u kidding me dude?! mir DOMINATED nog. no one else has KO'd nog, but mir did, so obviously hes got sum striking skills. and also, mir beat lesnar 1 minute in the 1st round their first meeting! NOW WHAT HAS LESNAR DONE?? he has gotten his ass beat by Mir, layed on Herring for a decision, and beat an obviously washed up, Randy Couture. ur a dumbass, but its okay…we will see what happens July 11th

  33. dane drebin

    June 15, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    TJ call me a dumbass when ur the one who is away off. Look up top ten jui jitsui players in mma and u will see im right. Werdum is ranked number 6 Big Nog number 5 and mir isnt even on the list.

    werdum and gonzaga are jui jitsui world champions you moron. what titles has Mir won in jui jitsui? look it up chump.

  34. dane drebin

    June 15, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    these are gonzagas BJJ accomplishments:

    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt. 2006 Mundials Champion, Heavyweight BJJ Black Belt GP 2004 Champion/ ADCC Trials Brazil Champion and ADCC 2005 second place, four-time BJJ national Champion / five-time Sao Paulo State Champion

    if you think mir has accomplished anything close to that you're off your rocker. get your facts straight before you start calling me a dumbass….DUMBASS!

  35. TJ

    June 15, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    god…ur such a faggot. jitz in mma is a lot different then straight up jitz competition. mir is an all around mma fighter. anyways… since u like facts and numbers soo much…heres some. Gonzaga has had 9 ufc fights and only 2 subs. Werdum has had 4 ufc fights and 0 subs. but in the great Frank Mir's 10 ufc victories, 50% of them he won by submission. also, mir has fought MUCH tougher opponents than Napao and werdum. so i think that makes u the dumbass buddy. DUMBASS!!!

  36. dane drebin

    June 15, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    wow another "Faggot" in your post. more homosexual frustration from the keyboard warrior. its ok man life will continue. its funny how heated you get over nothing.

    ur right man mir faught the cream of the crop back in the day like wes sims and tank abbot. his biggest win was tim sylvia. amazing stuff really. mir has lost to ian freeman, marcio cruz, and brandon vera… do u think lesnar would lose to any of those guys no matter how out of shape he was i highly doubt it. Damn man you get butt hurt pretty easily its kinda comical. you said mir is the best bjj expert out there today in mma and thats just straight up wrong. Gonzaga, Verdum, Nog, Palhares, Babalu (who submitted frank in a grappling match just a little while ago), and Demian Maia to name a few are just as good if not a lot better. Frank could beat a lot of those guys in MMA obviously but he is definetly not the best and nobody considers him the best bjj expert out there.

  37. ross

    June 15, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Cro-cop will regret this. i wouldntt put it past Dana to taking the UFC to Croatia just to spite Cro-cop. I wouldnt screw over dana, he's a mean dude.

  38. TJ

    June 15, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    hey dane…if u make a couple more dumbass comments, u might be #2 on the top commenters,AKA,losers with no lives, list. but anyways-i NEVER claimed that Mir was the best bjj expert out there…that was 'Tim' look back at comment 28 of this post. Maia, Palhares, and Babalu are a lot better bjj practitioners than Mir…OBVIOUSLY

  39. jake-th-snake

    June 15, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    its always funny when someone posting on a website calls another person a loser for posting on websites all the time.

    this TJ guy sounds like your average tapout wearing wannabe mma fighter you always see watching the fights at hooters. let me guess your a former national champion wrestler with crazy standup. it's easy to talk shit online. It truely shows someones intelligence when they have to resort to name calling everytime somebody disagrees with their oppinion. go argue on youtube so the rest of us can talk about mma without having to read this rediculous pissing contest.

  40. ross

    June 15, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    TJ the E-Gangster in tha house. LOL hard lads over internet are just soooo cool (sarcasm).

    Im want Mir to Win, but i dont see Mir dominating Lesnar thats just silly talk there. In the first fight Lesnar knocked Mir down in seconds. I think Mirs best chance will be to avoid the stand up and wait for Lesner to shoot for a take down and then sub him.

    If Mir trys to stand with Lesnar i think it'll be a quick KO for Lesnar. Yes Mir showed great striking against Nog but Nog doesnt strike anywhere near as hard as Lesnar, the guy hit herring so hard he rolled over his head lol. I hope it doesnt happen but i could easily see Lesnar getting a first round win by KO

  41. Nichole Lesniak

    June 16, 2009 at 2:01 am

    I called this from the beginning – I knew Dana was either full of it, or there was a misunderstanding somewhere. Cro Cop is just not that kind of guy. Dana, however, is.

  42. CagE

    June 16, 2009 at 2:18 am

    UPDATE 2 – Ouch, sorry Nichole.

    Dana still sucks

  43. TJ

    June 16, 2009 at 3:20 am

    yeah 'Nichole' i guess u were wrong. cro cop is the pussy ass, lying ass, snake that screwed dana over. and dana isn't. get of dana's back, you stupid bitch

  44. roy

    June 16, 2009 at 4:13 am

    could someone get rid of this troll, tj you haven't put up one post worth reading and if your going to insult people at least make it good or funny your shit is weak.

  45. dane drebin

    June 16, 2009 at 4:40 am

    TJ incase ur small brain hasnt figured it out yet nobody carse what you have to say. just ignore him and dont respond to him. he's like a little kid that needs attention. if we ignore him he'll go away

  46. Nichole Lesniak

    June 16, 2009 at 5:08 am

    Still doesn't sit right with me – USA Today breaks the story? Since when is USA Today into MMA?

    I find it hard to believe that NO ONE else got a confirmation from DREAM besides USA Today.

    TJ? TJ who?

  47. Nichole Lesniak

    June 17, 2009 at 3:56 am

    Update –

    I knew USA Today wasn't a reliable MMA source.

    http://www.fightlinker.com/crocops-dream-contract

  48. roy

    June 17, 2009 at 5:34 am

    looks like cro cop wasn't lying

  49. dane drebin

    June 17, 2009 at 7:32 am

    ya funny how so many people were willing to hate on cro cop at the drop of a dime. dont believe everything you read. hope crocop signs with the ufc.

  50. Nichole Lesniak

    June 17, 2009 at 8:03 am

    I hate to say it, but the press is not perfect, and Dana certainly isn't. Now I wouldn't blame Cro Cop for signing with DREAM on account of how Dana ran his mouth about him. Dana shot himself in the foot on this one.

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