Cro Cop makes vague comment on Dream signing
"It's 94% certain that I will fight for the Japanese."
"The night of his triumphant return to the octagon, Mirko Filipovic signed a new contract with the Japanese Dream. The world media reports using words such as "betrayed, disappointed, played".
After he defeated Al Turk, the Croatian fighter signed a deal with the Japanese for three fights, even though it was expected of him to do so with the UFC.
Mirko Filipovic commented on the situation briefly at the Zagreb airport:
- It's 94% certain that I will fight for the Japanese.
Mirko said before how the offers from the UFC don't suit him as he's getting old and he wants to fight as much as he possibly can. This is exactly what Dream is offering him as by the end of the year he would get to fight three times in Japan."
UFC 99 - Results/Fighter Bonuses/Attendance & Gate Figures/Post-Fight Videos
UFC 99 Results:
Rich Franklin defeats Wanderlei Silva via Unanimous Decision
Cain Velasquez defeats Chiek Kongo via Unanimous Decision
Mike Swick defeats Ben Saunders via TKO (Strikes) R2
Mirko Filipovic defeats Mustapha Al-Turk via TKO (Strikes) R1
Spencer Fisher defeats Caol Uno via unanimous decision
Dan Hardy defeats Marcus Davis via split decision
Terry Etim defeats Justin Buccholz via submission (D’arce choke) R2
Denis Siver defeats Dale Hartt via submission (rear-naked choke) R1
Paul Taylor defeats Peter Sobotta via unanimous decision
Paul Kelly defeats Roli Delgado via unanimous decision
Stefan Struve defeats Denis Stojnic via submission (rear naked choke) 2:37 R2
John Hathaway defeats Rick Story via unanimous decision
Here are the special fight bonuses for UFC 99:
Fight of the Night — Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva
Knockout of the Night — Mike Swick
Submission of the Night – Terry Etim
Each fighter received $60,000 extra for their performances in addition to their respective base salaries, which we will more than likely never see because the event was held overseas.
UFC officials have reported "UFC 99: The Comeback" netted 12,800 spectators and a $1.3 million live gate.
UFC officials issued the initial reports at Saturday's post-event press conference.
(7 videos - Includes Lorenzo, Dana, Hardy, Kelly, Arianny
REPORT: CRO COP SNUBS UFC FOR DREAM
It appears Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic’s desire to make a run at the UFC heavyweight title was nothing more than a smokescreen.
Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports reported Saturday afternoon that the Croatian star signed a three-fight deal with Dream, reneging on a promise made to UFC president Dana White to finalize a contract for two more fights in the Octagon.
UFC 99: It's Personal For Marcus Davis
"It went from a little bit of talk to disrespect. I could have stomached everything up until the picture stuff happened," Davis told MMAWeekly.com. "Some people are ripping me about it saying, you've got to relax, saying that kind of stuff happens. No, that stuff doesn't happen. That stuff doesn't happen between fighters. That stuff happens with fans and Internet keyboard warriors and stuff, but it shouldn't happen between fighters. Fighters shouldn't be doing that stuff.
Lightweight Runners-Up To Meet At TUF 9 Finale
The lightweight final for season nine of The Ultimate Fighter was determined on Wednesday night with Andre Winner and Ross Pearson making it an all-British final. MMAWeekly.com learned on Friday that the runners-up will meet at The Ultimate Fighter Finale on June 20 in an all-American bout.
Cameron Dollar navigated his way through the season, only to lose to Winner, while Jason Dent was defeated by Ross Pearson on Wednesday night.
Dollar and Dent now fight each other next week.
Fighting out of Colorado, Dollar comes into the bout with a 2-1 professional record outside of The Ultimate Fighter. Dent is the much more experienced fighter of the two bringing in a record of 18-9.
UFC and Spike TV agree to renew "The Ultimate Fighter" contract through 14th season
As a successful ninth season of "The Ultimate Fighter" winds down – and a highly anticipated 10th season begins filming – the UFC and Spike TV have extended their agreement through a 14th season of the hit reality TV series.
UFC President Dana White announced the new deal at a Q&A session with UFC Fight Club members today at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, site of Saturday's UFC 99.
The existing deal, announced in October 2007, called for 12 seasons of the show.
"We actually just did an extension with [Spike TV]," White said. "We're going to be doing through (season) 14, two seasons a year.
"They're good partners. We work really well together, and they let me do what I do."
Prior to the extension, Spike TV was expected to air one season of "The Ultimate Fighter" in 2010 and another in 2011.
The reality show was expected to be augmented by a newly developed fight series, which would include live bouts. Immediate attempts by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) to reach Spike TV officials for the current status of the potential new series were unsuccessful.
In addition to the announcement of two additional seasons of "The Ultimate Fighter," White said he believed the show would follow up on the success of the ninth season with another "U.S. vs. U.K." theme.
"I don't know how many people here watched this season, but this season was awesome," White said. "The fights were great. It was a good show, and it worked out well.
UFC 99: DAN HARDY PSYCHING MARCUS DAVIS OUT?
What hasn’t been written about the encounter between Dan Hardy and Marcus Davis by the media? Both fighters have been taking verbal swipes back and forth since before the fight was officially announced and at the end of the week we will find out who was telling the truth about what was going to happen.
“I don’t know what is going on with Marcus Davis at the moment, but I think he is going to be exhausted before we even fight with all the emotion he is putting out at the moment,” jibes a suitably relaxed Dan Hardy, adding, “I am always full of energy. I enjoy the media aspect of the fight game a lot and I have just kept poking fun at him to keeping him boiling. Hopefully it will make him dig into the trenches and prove a point by fighting with a lot of heart.”
UFC 99 fighter Rick "Horror" Story began his MMA career as a villain
With a nickname like "Horror," it's no wonder Rick Story has spent most of his MMA career as the bad guy.
He may be an unknown to the world at large, but the former NAIA All-American wrestler was an instant villain in Portland, Ore. And he has reveled in his role as the black hat.
"They boo me, but I think it's good," the fighter told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "It means they know who I am."
Story (5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will make his octagon debut Saturday against John Hathaway (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC 99 in Cologne, Germany. Both fighters are on a roll. Story's recent wins came against the likes of "The Ultimate Fighter 5" cast member Brandon Melendez, WEC veteran Pat Healy and IFL veteran Jake Ellenberger. Hathaway stopped Thomas Egan at UFC 93 and has beaten seven opponents in the first round.
UFC 98 Trending Estimates Suggest a 635,000 PPV Buyrate
According to the newest issue of Dave Meltzer's Wrestling Observer and other sources, UFC 98 reportedly has trending estimates that are putting the pay-per-view buyrate in the area of 635,000 buys for the event. This isn't a final number, but this is a huge surprise for a card that featured Lyoto Machida vs. Rashad Evans and Matt Serra vs. Matt Hughes.
If the trending estimates are true, it suggests that Lyoto Machida could very well be a major drawing fighter in the future for the UFC.
UFC 99: The Comeback Official FIghter Weigh-In Results
MAIN CARD (televised)
Rich Franklin (194) vs. Wanderlei Silva (194)
Cheick Kongo (230) vs. Cain Velasquez (239)
Ben Saunders (169) vs. Mike Swick (169)
Marcus Davis (171) vs. Dan Hardy (170)
Spencer Fisher (154) vs. Caol Uno (155)
Mustapha Al Turk (236) vs. Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic (233)
PRELIMINARY CARD (un-televised)
Justin Buchholz (155) vs. Terry Etim (156)
Dale Hartt (156) vs. Denis Siver (156)
Peter Sobotta (169) vs. Paul Taylor (169)
Roli Delgado (155) vs. Paul Kelly (156)
Denis Stojnic (241) vs. Stefan Struve (248)
John Hathaway (170) vs. Rick Story (169)
CroCop – "maybe...I just couldn’t smell the blood"
For all great knockout artists in combat sports, mystique and the intimidation factor are almost as important as the punch or kick that puts an opponent down and out. Lose that, and you’re suddenly human again.
In 2007, Mirko Cro Cop was human.
The year started out well enough for the Croatian, who entered the UFC to much fanfare after winning the PRIDE Grand Prix in 2006 with two wins in one night over Wanderlei Silva and Josh Barnett. At UFC 67 in February of 2007, Cro Cop stopped Eddie Sanchez in a single round, but didn’t look to be the same ferocious striker he was in Japan. Two months later, he was knocked out by Gabriel Gonzaga, and in September of that year, he was listless in losing a three round decision to Cheick Kongo.
While excited for UFC 99, Mike Swick's trip to Germany on par with previous visit
As the UFC's latest venture overseas draws near with Saturday's UFC 99 event in Cologne, Germany, the inevitable question asked frequently of all U.S.-based fighters is, "How will you deal with the time change?"
While the rigors of trans-Atlantic travel can lead to a fatiguing case of jet lag for the average vacationer, for a professional fighter the condition could lead to far-worse consequences.
But UFC welterweight Mike Swick (13-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) isn't concerned about the trip to Germany. Why should he? It's the second time he's been there in the past two months.
UFC 99 preview: Davis and Hardy draw verbal battle lines, Franklin gets inside access for Silva prep
The insults are enough to make even the most mean-spirited middle-school kid blush.
Marcus Davis and Dan Hardy have traded heavy artillery in a war of words heading into their welterweight bout at UFC 99 this Saturday in Cologne, Germany. The UFC's last double-digit fight card features a pair of former world champions, the return of Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic and rising heavyweight contender Cain Velasquez.
Yet, it's the Davis-Hardy feud that has served as a compelling subplot. And, from all accounts, the verbal combativeness isn't for show. These two fighters genuinely harbor a strong distaste for one another, and those feelings have been on full display on messages boards and in pre-fight interviews.