Remember the other day when we were wondering if someone forgot to tell Todd Duffee that Cro Cop was fighting Mostapha Al-Turk at UFC 99 instead of him?
Well, turns out no one forgot. Duffee may still be fighting Al-Turk after all.
Not sure what it is, but something is going on behind-the-scenes that may hinder Cro Cop from making his return to the UFC on June 13. For starters, despite his own announcement and Dana White’s confirmation, Cro Cop has still yet to sign the actual contract.
We’ve been flooded with e-mails on this one in the last 24 hours. The Mirko Cro Cop deal for the 6/13 UFC show is that Cro Cop has not yet signed his contract so the fight isn’t being advertised, but everyone is still under the impression Cro Cop is fighting on the show in Cologne, Germany. They wanted Cro Cop to sell tickets to people coming in from Croatia, but the longer they wait to announce it, the harder it’ll be to get people to travel in. They were hopeful it could be signed by tomorrow but there is a holdup that doesn’t have to do with Cro Cop/UFC negotiations.
Why hasn’t he signed is the obvious question that no one has the answer to yet. Fightlinker is speculating it may have something to do with DREAM and a right of first refusal. Makes sense to me, but really, who knows.
What I do know is UFC 99 is 13 days away, and I was really looking forward to seeing Cro Cop back in the UFC, so whatever it is, hopefully it gets worked out before it’s too late.
Update: Awesome news. Whatever the issue was, it’s been worked out. UFC.com made the official announcement earlier today. Cro Cop will face Al-Turk on the main card of UFC 99.
Update II: CroCop didn’t actually sign anything. He made a verbal agreement with Dana to fight at UFC 99.