Mirko Cro Cop

“I am pleased to return to the UFC, the only global MMA organization. Unfortunately, all the other organizations are lagging behind the UFC at the moment. Japanese Dream cannot compete with Americans financially nor with quality of their fighters either…UFC has become what Pride once was, and has even surpassed it. I will always be grateful to the Japanese, because its there that I made my name in this sport. However, the Dream offer for me was not a challenge…I’m sorry that the UFC and Dream had a battle for me. Certain people even called me a fraudster and I even read a remark by Dana White where he alleged that I called him 600 times.I called him exactly – zero times. I sent him one SMS and that’s all. I wouldn’t call anyone 600 times even if my life dependent on it. I do not want to be portrayed in such a light.”

—Mirko “Cro Cop”, via Croatian website Jutarnji.hr, commenting on his decision to re-sign with the UFC instead of DREAM. Translation courtesy of BigOddsMike.com.

The report also says Mirko will fight next in Dallas at UFC 103 against Junior dos Santos as previously rumored.

Speaking of UFC 103, with news that Dana White and Tito Ortiz made amends there’s been heavy speculation swirling around the net that Tito could end up making his return in Dallas against Rich Franklin, however he has yet to re-sign with the UFC, plus Rich Franklin is currently negotiating his new contract, so I wouldn’t put a whole lot of stock into that fight happening just yet.