UFC 99: Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs Mustapha Al-Turk

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Mirko Cro Cop’s Official Blog:

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.

Once considered the worlds most dangerous head kicker, Mirko Cro Cop announces to the world that he back in the UFC and will take on heavyweight Mustapha Al-Turk.

Months back, Cro Cop announced he would be back in the UFC to finish his contract, but the rumors quickly extinguished as the UFC 99 fight card came together.

Al-Turk is coming off a first round loss to Cheick Kongo in his debut at UFC 92.

No official announcement has been made, Al-Turk is listed as talking on Todd Duffee on the preliminary card of UFC 99.

For the latest on UFC 99, check out our UFC Rumors section.


  1. tom

    May 18, 2009 at 6:53 am

    CRO COP by knock out watch ha hell yeah

    UFC heavy weights diviion is looking great

  2. Muta

    May 18, 2009 at 6:57 am

    "I decided to fight in the UFC again, because of the stronger competition in the heavyweight division."

    Anyway, the way he fought HMC in his last fight, I don't have high hopes for Cro Cop regaining his old form.

    If Cro Cop "wasn't himself" for the three fights in UFC, then what was he, and why? If he wasn't himself for the three UFC fights and two DREAM fights, does he think he'll be back to being himself, whatever that means, in this fight against this stiff UFC competition?

    I bet he'd be back to being himself if he actually used both hands and both feet in his striking.

  3. dane drebin

    May 18, 2009 at 7:06 am

    even an old wornout cro cop should be able to get anopther highlight real knockout on mustapha and im gunna be stoked to see it.

  4. tom

    May 18, 2009 at 8:15 am

    haha true that

  5. Miko

    May 18, 2009 at 8:17 am

    Muta: whether it makes a difference. before he had a bad knee during those fights. He's had his knee fixed through surgery and now he feels better.

  6. roy

    May 18, 2009 at 8:25 am

    i am glad to see him back, even if he will never be thecro cop of old he should be able to beat this guy and be a good name for other ufc hw's to fight.it will make the devision more interesting.

  7. TJ

    May 18, 2009 at 8:46 am

    after mir beats lesnar, i wanna see crocop vs lesnar. it wud be just like crocop vs sapp. haha lesnar wud get his ass beat

  8. Cobra Clutch

    May 18, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Let me help translate…from…

    "So we have some big news …. I decided to fight in the UFC again, because …blah blah blah….no matter when or where."


    "I am a desperate fighter, who's on the downside of my career and I'll do anything I can to get as much money as I can before I go back to being a Cop full-time back in the eastern block. Please let me fight another fighter on the down-side of his career (Al-Turk) because that's about all I can have a chance to beat nowadays after Baby Bam Bam Rubble (Gonzaga) kicked me upside the head and knocked me right the ƒü¢& out."

  9. dane drebin

    May 18, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    lol TJ if Kongo can take down crocop what makes u think lesnar couldnt do the same the first leg kick? i think cro cop in his prime could give lesnar some bug problems but lesnars saize and youth would be too much for him today. i would still like to see CC vs Randy tho.

  10. steve

    May 18, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Cro Cop has shown he has almost no takedown defense while being in the UFC. Lesnar would take him down after Cro Cop threw a kick and Lesnar would lay on him flailing away like an idiot doing little damage but somehow catches him once and cuts cro cop. Then they would get stood up and Lesnar would take him down again and again. Cro Cop would have to ko lesnar going for a takedwon to win IMO. Or lesnar would have to gas and then get hit.

  11. dane drebin

    May 18, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    i wouldnt mind seeing cro cop vs mir

  12. STEVEO

    May 18, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Lets just call this the battle of the guys who got their ass kicked by Kongo.

  13. dane drebin

    May 19, 2009 at 4:57 am

    mustapha got beat down by kongo but mirko was doing good until he got his balls thrashed

  14. STEVEO

    May 19, 2009 at 5:09 am

    nothing like a good ball thrashing

  15. Bob

    May 19, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Man it's good to see Cro Cop back. And man do I hate Kongo, all he does is hit dudes in the nuts and lean on them into the fence, I want to see Nog or Mir break his arm. Anyway, I'm going to use the Shogun example for Cro Cop. They were both having bad knee injuries repaired during their down times.

    I think CC with return with a bang, as well as Shogun. CC should play it safe if he beats Al-Turk and try to get a fight with Hardonk or Herring, just to make sure he is back and ready to take on top comp. Maybe then get a rematch with Gonzaga?

  16. ukfightfan

    May 20, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    I think cro cop should cut down to light heavyweight, wand v cro cop III would be interesting.

    Maybe the weight cut is what cro cop needs to compensate for his recent rustiness, it's admirable that he is the small man in the heavyweight division but maybe LH is his last oppurtunity to really shine. I hope al turk get's headkicked, cro cop fans, an cro cop himself need that badly.

  17. Aleksandar

    May 22, 2009 at 2:59 am

    im sooo glad cro cop is back, i think he's gonna beat the shit out of al turk (left kick KO) cnt wait to see the fight

  18. RatAttack68

    May 28, 2009 at 7:20 am

    I hope cro crop comes kicking ass

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