As reported in May, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic will return to the Octagon at UFC 99 on June 13 in Cologne, Germany against Mustapha Al-Turk.
After weeks of speculation, the news is finally official – international superstar Mirko Cro Cop is returning to the UFC. One of the most feared strikers in MMA history, the 34-year old resident of Zagreb, Croatia will be taking on England’s Mostapha Al-Turk in main card action on June 13th’s UFC 99 card at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany.
The 2006 PRIDE Open Weight Grand Prix champion, Cro Cop (24-6-2) holds wins over Wanderlei Silva, Josh Barnett, Hidehiko Yoshida, Mark Coleman, Kevin Randleman, Kazushi Sakuraba, and Heath Herring. And though he only went 1-2 in his first UFC stint in 2007, he is unbeaten in three straight bouts since then and is looking forward to making a run for the UFC crown his second time around.
Despite Cro Cop’s announcement of his return last month, the bout wasn’t officially announced until today as Filipovic had not yet officially signed for the fight. Contracts have now been finalized, allowing the UFC to promote the Croatian star in an attempt to boost ticket sales for the event, which had sold just 7,200 tickets for the 18,000 venue as of mid-May.
UFC 99: The Comeback is headlined by a catchweight matchup between Rich Franklin and Wanderlei Silva.
[Pictured: Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic]