UFC President Dana White said that MMA legend Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovich has signed a three-fight contract extension with the Ultimate Fighting Championship after a very thorough meeting with UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta sometime last week.
Cro Cop’s future in the UFC was placed in major jeopardy when it was reported that Cro Cop, after making a verbal agreement with Dana White to fight at UFC 99, instead signed to fight for DREAM Fighting Championship for the rest of 2009.
What’s bizarre about this story is that DREAM confirmed that Filipovic would fight on the July 20th, DREAM.10 show against Mighty Mo (Saila-Mou Siligia). I’ve heard from one source that the fight has since been scrapped after Mirko signed with the UFC, but I can’t confirm that just yet. We do know for sure that Cro Cop is under contractual obligation to fight Junior Dos Santos at UFC 103. But again, the story gets even STRANGER as the UFC recently released the poster for UFC 103 and neither that fight nor Cro Cop were featured, despite it being the HEAVILY rumored main event. Continue reading
With UFC 92 on the horizon, headlined by two title fights and a grudge match between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Wanderlei Silva, I thought today we’d look back at the first time these two met.
The stage was the largest in either man’s career. It was the finals of the 2003 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix Tournament, what many call the greatest tournament in MMA history. Rampage racked up hard fought wins over Murilo Bustamante and UFC’s Chuck Liddell (with Dana White on commentary) when Chuck’s corner threw in the towel after Chuck took a series of nasty blows to the body.
Wanderlei Silva scored wins over two of Japan’s most BELOVED stars. Kazushi Sakuraba fell to a defeat at Wanderlei’s hands in the first round. Silva then advanced to fight two time Judo Olympic Gold Medalist Hidehiko Yoshida in a VERY close fight Silva won via decision.
This fight was regarded as one of the best of the year between two warriors and in just five weeks, they will battle at UFC 92 for the THIRD time.