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Quote of the Day: Mirko Cro Cop Undecided on Retirement


Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

“Often things can get on top of you but I cannot say that I don’t love this sport. It’s hard for me to decide now but I think that I will do these last two fights for UFC. This [fighting] thing is stronger than me. Sometimes the mind says yes but the heart says no. I thank everyone for their support, for watching and following me, but I hate that I am expected to answer to people. This is my decision. My blood, my sweat, my tears - as such I don’t owe anybody anything. The day I say I won’t do it anymore I’ll stick to my word. But I still haven’t said that and I haven’t decided that this is the end. I know I must rest well and decide.”

— Longtime PRIDE standout Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic tells Croatian newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija that he yet to make an official decision regarding the remainder of his professional MMA career following his latest defeat to Junior Dos Santos at UFC 103 last weekend.

Cro Cop Receives Indefinite Medical Suspensions Following UFC 103 Loss


Mirko Filipovic. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

PRIDE Fighting Championships standout Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has been medically suspended for an indefinite amount of time by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation following his third-round submission loss to Junior Dos Santos at UFC 103 over the weekend.

The suspension likely stems from a potential eye injury Cro Cop suffered from a Dos Santos punch, which ultimately forced the Croatian to verbally quit during the fight. All of the event’s 26 licensed fighters received mandatory suspensions as well.

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UFC 103 Notes: Belfort Moves to Forefront of Middleweight Title Picture


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A win over Rich Franklin was expected to make Vitor Belfort an instant contender for Anderson Silva’s UFC middleweight title. But according to UFC President Dana White, Belfort may have positioned himself as the leading candidate for Silva’s next title defense, even before Dan Henderson and Nate Marquardt.

“You know, I think he might be ready now,” White said at last night’s UFC 103 post-fight press conference.

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Belfort Beats Franklin in Return at UFC 103


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Vitor Belfort’s return to the UFC was a successful one as the former UFC light heavyweight champion decked former UFC middleweight king Rich Franklin with a series of punches that resulted in a first-round TKO win for the heavy-handed Brazilian in the main event of UFC 103 on Saturday night in Dallas, Texas.

Up until the ending sequence, the bout didn’t feature much action. Belfort (19-8) and Franklin (25-5) exchanged leg kicks and short jabs, but neither put together any offense of note that landed. Things completely changed however after Belfort clipped Franklin with an overhand left during an exchange.

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UFC 103: “Franklin vs. Belfort” Live Results

We will be going live at 6:00 PM ET with live results of UFC 103: “Franklin vs. Belfort”, which will take place at a sold out American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The event’s televised main card will be broadcast live on pay-per-view starting at 10:00 PM ET. An additional hour of preliminary bouts will also be shown on Spike TV starting at 9:00 PM ET prior to that.

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort headlines the event, returning to the UFC in a 195 lb catchweight bout against former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin. A heavyweight contenders clash between formidable strikers Mirko Cro Cop and Junior Dos Santos serves as the co-main event.

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UFC 103: “Franklin vs. Belfort” Video Preview

In this extended video preview courtesy of the UFC, Saturday’s 195 lb catchweight mega-fight between former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin and former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort is profiled along with an anticipated heavyweight matchup between Mirko Cro Cop and Junior Dos Santos.

Henderson vs. Franklin II & Cro Cop vs. Dos Santos Added to UFC 103


Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson at UFC 93. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced that UFC 103 will be headlined by a light heavyweight bout featuring former PRIDE welterweight and middleweight champion Dan Henderson taking on former UFC middleweight champion Rich “Ace” Franklin. Also on the card will be a heavyweight bout between Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and Junior Dos Santos.

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Cro Cop Receives New Offer from UFC; Bout With Dos Santos Possible


Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic

Last week, Fighters Only Magazine broke news that UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta had flown to Zagred, Croatia to meet with Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic

The two talked business and Cro Cop was left with “an offer he cannot refuse.” This comes on the heels of Cro Cop announcing he was leaving the UFC to sign a three-fight contract with DREAM in Japan. This left many people feeling uneasy, including Dana White, as the UFC provided Cro Cop with a special one-fight deal for UFC 99 with the hopes that he’d return to pursue the heavyweight title.

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Quick Hits: Cro Cop Hospitalized, Mayhem-Jacare III Proposed for DREAM.10 & More


Mirko Filipovic. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Here are your quick hits for the afternoon of June 19, 2009.

— Just days after leaving the UFC in favor of a new three-fight deal with Japanese-based DREAM, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has reportedly been hospitalized due to a possible case of of Salmonella according to Croatian news outlets. The former PRIDE Fighting Championships standout competed just one week ago at UFC 99, defeating Cage Rage product Mustapha al Turk via first-round TKO. [MMA Mania]

— DREAM officials have reportedly offered Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza a third bout between each other for the vacant DREAM middleweight title at DREAM.10 on July 20 in Japan. Miller revealed his intention to accept the bout earlier this week, but published reports quote Souza as saying that he has no interest in yet another meeting between the two. [MMA Weekly]

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Report: Cro Cop to Face Mighty Mo at DREAM.10


Mirko Filipovic. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Less than a week after fleeing from a verbal three-fight agreement with Dana White and the UFC in order to sign with Japan-based DREAM, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has reportedly agreed to face fellow former K-1 kickboxer Siala “Mighty Mo” Siliga on July 20 at DREAM.10.

The news comes from Josh Gross of Sports Illustrated, citing sources close to the event. After reports of his new deal with DREAM surfaced, Cro Cop quickly denied them through Croatian news outlets, yet all signs still point to him making a return to the Japanese MMA scene this summer.

The former PRIDE Fighting Championships standout competed just one week ago at UFC 99, defeating Cage Rage product Mustapha al Turk via first-round TKO. The win didn’t come without controversy however, as Cro Cop caught al Turk with an inadvertent finger in the eye that the referee missed before finishing him off with strikes.

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