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Cro Cop Backstabs UFC for Dream

Written by Tom Ngo
June 13th, 2009
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Mirko Cro Cop

Apparently, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic’s pants are on fire because he’s a liar. Before the sweat was dried off his forehead after defeating Mustapha al-Turk at UFC 99 on Saturday, the heavyweight signed a three-fight contract with the popular Japanese organization, Dream. UFC president Dana White is pissed because he claims that CC lied to him.

“Isn’t that a dirty (expletive) thing to do?” White told Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports. “He (expletive) me. The first time in the history of the company I do [a contract] over the phone. He promised me a three-fight deal and he (expletive) me.”

After a disappointing debut with the UFC in 2007, which saw Cro Cop post a 1-2 record, CC and White recently spoke over the phone to iron out an unprecedented one-fight deal to bring him back to the Octagon for another shot.

The reasoning for the unique deal was obvious, White wanted to make sure the striker was back to his old form, while Cro Cop wanted to showcase his skills and increase his negotiating power.

After easily disposing of al-Turk with a wicked barrage of strikes at 3:06 in the 1stRound, it was expected that Cro Cop would re-up with the world’s largest MMA organization in order to make a run at the strap.

“He fed me this (expletive) about wanting to take a run for the title, and what I think he did was, he went out and did this,” White stated. “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.”

Conveniently, Cro Cop was not present at the UFC 99 post-fight interviews.

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