Cro Cop Reportedly Headed Back to the UFC

January 20, 2015
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A year after he retired from the UFC, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic began fighting mixed martial arts again. And now, nearly four years later, it appears the former Pride Open Weight Grand Prix champion is headed back to the Octagon.

Cro Cop has won three out of four of his bouts since exiting the UFC in 2011, winning and then defending the IGF championship in his two most recent bouts, both against former Olympic gold medalist Satoshi Ishii.

Cro Cop vs Wanderlei Silva“CroCop is returning to the UFC. It will be announced shortly. Just got confirmation on it now from a source very 😉 close to the situation,” tweeted respected U.K. reporter John Joe O’Regan on Tuesday. later confirmed that an announcement is expected soon.

Although Cro Cop looked good in his past couple of fights, the truth of the situation is that his return to the UFC probably has a lot to do with his entertaining an offer from Bellator and his popularity in Europe and Asia.

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O’Regan added that Cro Cop had a deal with Bellator about 99-percent done when the UFC swooped in and offered him big money to sign with them instead.

Bellator president Scott Coker recently said he was “definitely” interested in signing Cro Cop, which would have made for an exciting fight with recent Bellator signee Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson, but it appears the UFC is derailing those plans.

Cro Cop is also one of the most prominent and popular fighters to emerge from the K-1 and Pride Fighting Championships, which were both tremendously popular in Asia and Europe.

So not only does the UFC get to keep Cro Cop off of Spike TV, they have another popular fighter to utilize as they continue their aggressive global expansion.

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  • TheCerealKiller

    His only UFC wins were Eddie Sanchez, Mostapha Al-Turk, Anthony Perosh and Pat Barry. Why bring him back at 40? I would have let him go to Bellator.

    • Neil

      agreed. I think outside of Asia is pull with the crowds isn’t anywhere near what it used to be either.
      Although the suggestion of a fight with Kimbo Slice is f—ing hilarious. Crocop’s not what he used to be, but f— he’s still a monster compared to Kimbo.

      • TheCerealKiller

        Let the Bellator continue to be known as the UFC Graveyard! It makes them look bad.

  • Green Machine

    He is fairly big name for Lesnar to smash 🙂

    • TheCerealKiller

      Even Brocks days are past him.

  • drkdisciple

    Please No!

  • Darin

    So, the UFC didn’t give a damn about Cro Cop until they found out Bellator was going to make money on him?

  • tommy thumb

    wow that’s incredibly sad. He was clearly done 4 years ago.

  • Seth

    I was like “Why the F would the bring him back?” then I saw this line “O’Regan added that Cro Cop had a deal with Bellator about 99-percent
    done when the UFC swooped in and offered him big money to sign with them
    instead.” and everything is clear. Cro Cop sucks as always, but he’s still a name that would help Bellator – so UFC took him away. Good business move, but I hope he won’t fight much coz it’s sad to watch anyone get KTFO…

  • shakejunt

    people are confused why he’s back, but he’s gonna be right outside the top 15. i wanna see him fight struve.

  • The Milkman

    I just want one ufc left high kick ko from him. Just one. But it’s never gonna happen and it makes me sad