Steroids in MMA
Which MMA Fighter Will Test Positive For Steroids Next?

Cro Cop Tells UFC to Stuff It, Signs Three-Fight Deal With DREAM

(Cro Cop vs. Al Turk Props: MMA Linker)

Dana White’s over-the-phone verbal contract with Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic prior to UFC 99 was the first time he’d done a deal with a fighter without getting it in writing, or negotiating in person. We’re guessing it’ll also be his last. The big scandal coming out of Germany after yesterday’s show is the surprise news that Cro Cop had already signed a new three-fight deal with DREAM by the time he stepped into the Octagon against Mostapha Al Turk (video above). Though Cro Cop had previously told White that he wanted to officially sign for two more fights in the UFC and make a run for the heavyweight title, the truth came out following Mirko’s TKO victory via eye-pokes. As you can imagine, DW was seeing red in the post-show press-conference:

"Isn’t that a dirty [expletive] thing to do? 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."

According to MMA Junkie, Cro Cop "wanted to fight in Germany and use the UFC bout as a tuneup. He did and is now DREAM bound, but he’ll almost certainly never fight in the UFC again."

Ariel Helwani summed up the feelings of many bitter UFC fans on Yahoo!’s UFC 99 postfight show with Steve Cofield: "Cro Cop was punking all of us. I hope Cro Cop goes on a three fight losing streak and gets the hell out of MMA. He’s a disgrace…He can’t even beat Mostapha Al-Turk without poking him in the eye."

Whatever Filipovic’s motivations were, they certainly didn’t include the desire to test himself against the best heavyweights in the world. (Quick, name three heavyweights currently under contract with DREAM.) The only good that could possibly come of this is if Fedor Emelianenko leaves Affliction after the Josh Barnett fight and signs on with DREAM for a rematch with Filipovic, who he defeated by decision in 2005. Cro Cop could make his next appearance in DREAM as early as next month.

Cagepotato Comments

Showing 1-25 of comments

Sort by : Show hidden comments
UFC fan- June 15, 2009 at 10:39 am
I don't know why the UFC or anyone would want a fading anyone, much less cro-crop, so do I think cro-crop cares, no, but should anyone else care but fanboys? So all you fanboys go ahead and care meanwhile REAL MMA and real meaningful shit will take place with or without your dumbasses watching. I think the sport would be better off if jack offs like cro crop fanboy didn't watch...just go follow your loser hero and leave the big boy stuff to us..bye now.
Nut Puncher 9000- June 15, 2009 at 9:20 am
Is it really that hard to see people???

Cro Cop already has his name in MMA. He might be on the downslide but he wants to fight the best. Would the easiest road be to go through a constantly improving UFC HW division in route to people you dont match up well against, or ride your established name in a weaker outfit that has better potential of matching you with the # 1 HW in the world (Fedor)???

Do you think a fading CC gives a fuck about DW or the UFC at this point in his career?

Did Randy?

Does Fedor?

...Chew on that a while and let me know if you taste it.
J-Dog- June 15, 2009 at 9:14 am
The verbal contract is as good as the paper it's written on. You can't spare the jet ride to Europe and you want to seal a deal over the phone that's fine.. you then immediately follow it up with a FAX and get a signature... then follow that up with a mailed contract and get a wet signature.

'Binnis 101. DW should have known WAAAAAY better.
baldmidget- June 15, 2009 at 8:17 am
1 report stating this indeed is not true.

This would be great news for the cut rate journalist AIDSriel Helwanu. He would have a reason tto stop crying in his parent's basement and wishing crocop to have a 3 fight losing streak waaa waa waaa lmao.
aba_k- June 15, 2009 at 8:15 am
Dont know why people are saying Cro Cop looked average in that fight, I think he looked pretty damn good. Albeit the fact that Al-Turk is a shithouse fighter, Cro Cops parrying and dodging was excellent and when he finally did throw a flurry of punches, he hit the mark with almost every shot, rocked Al-Turk and could have easily finished the fight when he went to the ground. As for the eye poke, Al-Turk was at the extent of Mirkos reach and Cro Cops hand kind of rolled back, so it couldnt have been too deep.
BackbaconBilly- June 15, 2009 at 8:11 am
CroCop had a hard enough time with A.T, against any other heavyweight ( cept Tim "how the mighty have fallen" Silvia ) he would have got his ass kicked.Let him go back to Dream and pretend that he is something special,he has officially CroCop kicked himself in the head on this one.
baldmidget- June 15, 2009 at 7:31 am
well looks like the tail came back to whip white finally lmfao.. White said he was never going anywhere before and they only retaioned him to help destroy pride.

Crocop didn't look good at all mind you but congrats on getting played Dana.
Brock SMASH puny human odour- June 15, 2009 at 6:56 am
@ UFC fan

Thats a nice fucking essay you got there? Whos gonna read it?

If you think Dana White didn't know about the Dream contract, then you are as brain dead as the rest of the fucking douche bags who shit all over this site.

Dana's not that fucking retarded to get fooled like that.

Videodrome_NOW- June 15, 2009 at 6:35 am
if people, in this world full of lies and deception, were true to their word would say what they mean and do what they say, probably this post wouldn't exist. Most likely Cro-cop and Dana lied, we are fools to take sides and to trust in men.
Ballentine- June 15, 2009 at 4:42 am
This is Like the time when Ravishing Rick Rude appeared on the taped version of WWF Raw on Monday and was also on the Live show of WCW Nitro on the same night.
Levi Jones- June 15, 2009 at 2:00 am
I was going to go on a long well-thought rant and describe how I feel, but I think I can just sum it all up in two words: Fuck Mirko.
Your Dumb- June 15, 2009 at 12:48 am
I've been hearing a lot of conflicting reports about this.
Sunburned- June 14, 2009 at 11:33 pm
I want my money back, UFC 99 was the worst mma ppv ever.
Been a UFC fan since 1996, there have been some glitches along the way but, this was the worst ppv evah. Strikeforce and WEC last week were stellar compared to this show.
Sheps- June 14, 2009 at 10:50 pm

Dude, all you have to do is look at your typical UFC contract to see how badly the guys get fucked. They get signed to fight however many fights, but should they not perform to whatever standard Dana wants, they get dropped like a fly.

I mean really, look at this whole image thing. Where they have the fighters sign away their image to the UFC to use exclusively and indefinitely. Literally selling your soul to the devil, how else do you think guys like Tim Sylvia, Tito Ortiz + Andre Arlovski ended up in UFC Undisputed 2009.

Look at guys like Anderson Silva or Frank Mir, your average UFC Champion, and compare their salary with someone like Manny Pacquiao or Wladimir Klitschko, guys who can literally earn millions per fight.

The UFC is a joke (yet successful) as a organisation, they are unloyal to their fighters who put it all on the line for them, and yet pudgey Dana White has the balls to talk about "having what it takes to be a fighter" He wouldn't know what it takes to be a fighter if it literally hit him in the face, ever since his boxing days, he has always been a promoter or manager and never inside the ring/cage.
UFC fan- June 14, 2009 at 10:37 pm
You know I find people who think just because I happen to be a Fan of the greatest MMA organization in the world...which happens to be UFC.....that I am somehow NOT a fan of all MMA. I find these kind of morons to be well...morons!
Because I no longer embrace old fighters past their prime or suck the nuts of fedor I am somehow passed as having any knowledge of the existence of lesser company's and the lesser fighters that are part of each company.
But the truth is I am hyper aware of them, and I am also able to step away from it all (unlike the fanatic nuthuggers that dwell herein -like Kazi for example) and see the truth, and the big picture.
Much like AA and AAA farm teams are very good, they are but places to gain skills slowly so that ONE day you can be called up to the " bigs", and regardless of what the Dana haters and the fedor cocksuckers think or preach,UFC is the "bigs", and all those "ex-UFC fighters" are being announced as that in these little minor leagues cause even they know that the UFC name is a draw. they also know that these fighters are to old, or simply do not have the skill level to fight in the "BIGS".
So anyone who thinks a strick UFC fan is an ignorant fan is an un intelligent person who doesn't have all the facts and is embittered sad and pitiful person who trys hard to live a lie that someday these minor leagues will topple the "bigs" OWN them, and show the world that they are the superior brand, and that Dana White and Zuffa somehow are the anti-christ....but that is only because that kinda fan lives in his or her own little pipe dream world ( again much like kazi), while those small companys are fully aware they are second rate.
When all fans learn to pay full attention to the fact that the UFC is a growing business in the world market and NOT a bleeding, dying freakshow like others the better off MMA will be.
Every fighter from every gym around the world that is legit knows that their goal is to get their fighter trained enough to one day make it to the biggest stage of all instead of settling for tapout season whatever, fighting at the local rodeo arena for chump change.
Good luck Kazi with your fantasy-league,I hope you still think I sound like an idiot, cause I still see a nutsack in your mouth, and in your future.
Goog- June 14, 2009 at 8:46 pm
It was an uninteresting match with no relevance in standings or title contention, so eh... who cares. I know the UFC makes a lot of money, but regardless... why keep throwing huge paydays at aging fighters who're putting together strings of losses? Names put asses in seats and the dollar is the bottom line, but I'd rather watch two hungry and unknown fighters in a great match than have to hear about the politics of working with these older guys. That's what the money does, though. Makes them comfortable and demanding. Good luck, Cro cop. I wasn't going to watch anyway.
Dmonicideals- June 14, 2009 at 8:07 pm
I say who gives a fuck who fucked who, so long as we don't have to see this chump CroCop in the UFC again. He was going to lose to AL-Turk and knew it, and took the chumps way out with an eyepoke. Good riddance to bad rubbish.
maxwell- June 14, 2009 at 7:59 pm
kimbo nailed it. look how cro cop fought.... super cautious. Cro Cop has been in the game long enough, and he knows he's in his last years..... This isn't the time to make rash decisions. The fact that he turned down any serious fights in favour of al-turk is a big giveaway. If he ever fights Fedor, it will most likely be his last fight. This reeks of setup. no need to bring up the grassy knoll, because all signs point to this. dana ran into a shit ton of trouble with german press, so he signed up cro cop for a 1 fight deal to fill the arena and get a couple more ppv buys..... bah, i won't rehash what's already been said, but i do wanna throw my 2 cent's into kimbos bread's hat.
Kazi- June 14, 2009 at 7:15 pm
@ UFC fan

touche', you've out-witted me again. btw, you still didn't answer my question.

In my opinion, people that tend to be UFC fans as opposed to general MMA fans are idiots. I'm not saying all people who enjoy UFC fights are idiots, but people that think UFC = MMA seem to be a little dumber than the average human.
Wolverine- June 14, 2009 at 6:43 pm
Great Thinking Cro Cop! Burn your bridges with Zuffa. The UFC is here to stay, Dream, Affliction and Strikeforce could all be gone next week. Its not like the UFC needs Cro Cop anyways, he will eventually need the UFC.
UFC fan- June 14, 2009 at 6:12 pm
Kazi Says:
Sun, 06/14/2009 - 17:38

@ UFC fan

As I've asked 2 times you always sounds like an idiot?"

and as I have asked you already ,do you always talk with balls in your mouth?

ask your stupid question again ballboy.
Keyser Soze- June 14, 2009 at 6:01 pm
Prior to the event, DW himself said he offered Cro Cop a one-off fight. Now post-fight it's three? I don't know what the real deal is, but it doesn't matter to me either, save the fact I'll see one less good striker in the UFC.

Sure, jiu jitsu's a big part of any good fighter's mma game nowadays, but after a bunch of fights last night, is it too much to hope for one damn good KO on a card?

Velasquez won his match, and yes he controlled the fight, but Kongo impressed me more than Cain did. Cain couldn't finish or submit Kongo, and he had tons of chances. Kongo took a relative beating and didn't give up. Anytime Kongo got distance from Cain he fared well. His corner should've had him more prepared at sidestepping and countering the clutch and grab. IMO, Velasquez's stock went down in that fight.

Uno should've got the decision, and Hardy's was a fair call.

Cro Cop clearly poked him in the eye, but if anyone's to blame, it should've been the referee for inaction. The ref should've given Al-Turk the time and space to compose himself and let the fight continue. Cro Cop would make more money overseas, and I'd do the same thing if I were him. DW shouid've offered a three fight deal, and not a one fight/more if you win type deal, things may have turned out different. DW used Cro Cop to sell tickets for one event, Cro Cop is looking out for his future. I get both individuals were used in their own respects. It's over.

Dana's a businesman, and Cro Cop's a fighter, each thinks differently. There's been no response from Cro Cop or his camp, so we only have DW's side of things for the moment. It's a little soon and I think wrong to be hating on Cro Cop.

I had to tolerate BJ jumping a weight class to fight GSP, all while screwing Florian and the other lightweights. Wanderlei can lose fight after fight and not get cut, while other fighters perform poorly in a couple fights and he cuts them for "seasoning". I haven't heard of fighter's getting cuts or percentages of the UFC game for using their likeneses, yet Fitch gets cut for looking out for himself. Sure, he was brought back, but I've no doubt there were ulterior motives by DW for that too. I don't know both sides to the story, but I know DW"s not squeaky clean too. Good businesmen have to be unscrupulous at times, but they shouldn't expect pity and compassion the second they are the ones on the short end of the stick.
Bovice- June 14, 2009 at 6:00 pm
@ Zescape

Shut the fuck up with your stupid conspiracy theory bullshit. This is a MMA website.

As for all of you Dana White haters, you look like real tools, considering every fucking one of you has bought at least one Pay-Per-View of UFC. "Fuck Dana!! It's what he deserves!1!!11"..Come on. He puts on the shows that you guys like to watch.

As for Cro Cop, what a bitch move. To me, your word is your balls...Oh wait, Cro Cop hasn't had balls ever since he fought Overeem. So I should've seen some bitch-made move like this coming.
Kazi- June 14, 2009 at 5:38 pm
@ UFC fan

As I've asked 2 times you always sounds like an idiot?
raspberrymight- June 14, 2009 at 4:47 pm
Dana is that you? it is you isn't it?

don't be hating on cro cop he's richer, has done more in mma than you, is better and i'll repeat the last one but add life to it.

Does anybody else think its weird to insult someone through another person's achievements? like an over competitive parent pushing their child into overly serious sporting events...