Mirko Cro Cop

UFC 99 Results

Rich Franklin def. Wanderlei Silva - Unanimous Decision
Cain Velasquez def. Cheick Kongo - Unanimous Decision
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic def. Mustapha Al-Turk - TKO Round 1 3:08
Mike Swick def. Ben Saunders - TKO Round 2 2:47
Spencer Fisher def. Caol Uno - Unanimous Decision
Dan Hardy def. Marcus Davis - Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
Terry Etim def. Justin Buchholz - Submission (D’Arce Choke) Round 2
Dennis Siver def. Dale Hartt - Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 1
Paul Taylor def. Peter Sobotta - Unanimous Decision
Paul Kelly def. Roli Delgado - Unanimous Decision
Stefan Struve def. Denis Stojnic - Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 2
John Hathaway def. Rick Story - Unanimous Decision

Thanks to Sherdog, MMA Weekly and Yahoo! for filling in the results and some details of the earlier bouts.

Report: Cro Cop Returning to UFC, Will Face Al-Turk in Germany (Updated)


Mirko Filipovic. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Update 10:34 PM ET: Both AOL FanHouse and Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer are reporting that they have received independent confirmation from UFC President Dana White that Filipovic has re-signed with the organization and will indeed be fighting Al-Turk at the event.

Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic says he’s back in the UFC.

The former K-1 kickboxer and PRIDE Fighting Championships heavyweight standout stated that he will be facing Cage Rage product Mustapha Al-Turk in his return match in a post on his official blog and a subsequent press release sent out by his official website revealed that the bout will take place at UFC 99 on June 13 in Cologne, Germany.

“I decided to fight in the UFC again because of the stronger competition in the heavyweight division,” Filipovic said. “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.“

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Report: Cro Cop Offered New Deal With DREAM


Mirko Filipovic. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Former PRIDE heavyweight standout Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has reportedly been offered a new deal with Japanese-based DREAM. Under its terms, the Croatian would be granted a K-1 rules bout against rival Alistair Overeem among other things.

From Fighters Only Magazine:

In July, the Japanese want me to reprise my fight with Alistair Overeemom and by K-1 rules,” Filopovic said. “I have nothing against continuing last year’s fight, which ended prematurely.”

According to Sportal, “when [K-1] heard that the president of UFC Dana White called Mirko to go back into the cage, people from DREAM reacted quickly”.

The purported three-fight deal includes the K-1 match with Overeem and two MMA rules fights, one of which could be with Fedor Emelianenko.

A potential heavyweight grand prix involving the three aforementioned fighters is also rumored but I’m not going to hold my breath went it comes to the plans of the Japanese. Cro Cop was last said to be headed back to the UFC, potentially for a bout at UFC 99, but that’s not happening. Until he can get back on track, DREAM is probably the best place for Cro Cop, because a return to the UFC likely wouldn’t result in him being fed anyone like Eddie Sanchez from the start.

Couture Says Cro Cop Fight “Possible” for UFC 99

In the above video courtesy of Raw Vegas, former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Randy Couture reveals that a rumored bout between himself and Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 99 could come to fruition if his spring filming schedule allows it.

Japanese Notebook: DREAM Releases 2009 Schedule


“Kid” Yamamoto. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.

DREAM parent company Fighting and Entertainment Group today revealed the promotion’s schedule for the new year, with DREAM’s first show being held on March 8 at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan and featuring the opening rounds of the organization’s inaugural featherweight and welterweight grand prix tournaments.

In total, DREAM will put on seven total shows in ‘09. Solidified dates for shows include April 5 at Nippon Gaishi Hall and December 31 at the Saitama Super Arena for the annual year-end K-1 Dynamite show. DREAM officials are also planning to hold shows in May, July, September, and October.

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CKA for November 29, 2008

Antonio Silva. Photo courtesy of ProElite

Antonio Silva to fight in Sengoku No Ran

World Victory Road announced Friday that heavyweight Antonio Silva is set to compete on the Sengoku No Ran show on January 4, 2009.  His opponent is scheduled to be Yoshihiro Nakao.  Silva, the current EliteXC heavyweight title holder, is currently under suspension in the US due to a failed steroid test in California.  Silva has disputed the results of the testing and since Japanese promotions are not compelled to honor suspensions in the US, he will compete here.  It may have long term effects on his obtaining licensure in the future in the US, but Vitor Belfort may have set a precendent by being allowed to compete after fighting in England while under steroid suspension.

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DREAM.6 Live Results


Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.

We will be going live at 3:00 AM ET with live results of this morning’s DREAM.6 event, which takes place at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. Those in North America will be able to watch the event live on HDNet. A replay of the show will air at 4:00 PM ET later today.

DREAM.6 will feature the final round of the promotion’s inaugural grand prix. Melvin Manhoef will take on Gegard Mousasi and Zelg Galesic will face Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza with the two winners meeting in the show’s finale. Mirko Filipovic and Alistair Overeem will meet in an anticipated grudge match that will serve as the co-main event.

Be sure to leave comments throughout the morning. Detailed live results are after the jump. 

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Three Bouts Added to DREAM.6 Card


Mirko Filipovic. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Fight Entertainment Group has announced three more bouts for DREAM.6, which will take place on September 23 at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan.

The most high profile fight made official today was a previously rumored bout between former PRIDE standout Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and reigning Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem.

Overeem has long believed that Filipovic had been ducking a potential showdown with him for years. However will now get his wish against a fellow dangerous kickboxer.

Filipovic left the Ultimate Fighting Championship following a disappointing 1-2 stint in the organization, where he was defeated by Gabriel Gonzaga and Cheick Kongo in consecutive fights. He bounced back to earn a first-round TKO of Tatsuya Mizuno at DREAM.1 in March.

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Reports: Cro Cop vs. Overeem at DREAM.6


Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Multiple Croatian television and print reports are stating that former PRIDE standout Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and reigning Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem will indeed clash at DREAM.6, which will take place on September 23 at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan.

The reports cite DREAM officials as confirming the bout. The two were previously rumored to be fighting at the event for weeks now but contradicting reports stated that neither fighter would be matched up against each other at the show.

Overeem has long believed that Filipovic was ducking a potential showdown with him. He will now apparently get his wish against a fellow dangerous kickboxer.

Filipovic left the Ultimate Fighting Championship following a disappointing 1-2 stint in the organization, where he was defeated by Gabriel Gonzaga and Cheick Kongo in consecutive fights. He bounced back to earn a first-round TKO of Tatsuya Mizuno at DREAM.1 in March.

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Hunt Not Returning Against LeBanner at DREAM.5 (Updated)


Mark Hunt throws a left hand at Semmy Schilt. Photo courtesy of FEG.

Update 11:25 PM ET: MMA Weekly has now updated their article, stating that Hunt has informed them he will actually not be fighting LeBanner at the event due to injuries the Frenchman sustained in his recent kickboxing bout against Semmy Schilt. While it’s not set in stone that Hunt will still compete on the card, DREAM officials are currently searching for a replacement opponent.

While DREAM officials have yet to announce the bout, former PRIDE heavyweight contender Mark Hunt will return to action, replacing an injured Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, against fellow former K-1 kickboxer Jerome LeBanner at the organization’s upcoming fifth show on July 21st in Japan.

Hunt confirmed the bout himself in a recent interview with MMA Weekly. It will mark the fifth time in his career in which Hunt will have faced LeBanner in a combat sport. LeBanner owns three wins over hunt inside the confines of K-1.

“Yes, I’m fighting LeBanner,” Hunt said in the report. “He fought not long ago against Semmy Schilt (under K-1 rules), but that’s not my problem. I’m feeling good, looking forward to the fight and being back in MMA. Looking forward to hopefully get my first submission.”

The aforementioned bout between LeBanner and Schilt took place less than two weeks ago, leaving many questions in terms of LeBanner’s health, especially since the fight went to a decision. LeBanner has not fought under MMA rules since knocking out Jimmy Ambriz at a K-1 Hero’s event over two years ago.

Meanwhile after nearly five years as a professional kickboxer, Hunt bursted onto the MMA scene in 2004 and quickly shocked the world with consecutive upsets over Wanderlei Silva and Filipovic. Since then the New Zealand native has split his last four fights and has been concentrating on his part-time pro wrestling career during his time off since the demise of the PRIDE Fighting Championships.

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