UFC boss confirms Cro Cop is back, but doubts The Iceman will return

The Canadian Press ~ The News
Send to a friend

Send this article to a friend.

LAS VEGAS - Despite rumblings to the contrary, UFC president Dana White believes former light-heavyweight champion Chuck (The Iceman) Liddell's fighting days are over.
White, a longtime friend and former manager of Liddell, essentially announced Liddell's retirement after his loss to Mauricio (Shogun) Rua last month at UFC 97 in Montreal.
The 39-year-old Liddell, who has lost four of his last five, said at the time it was "probably safe to say" his career was over. Liddell (21-7) has since been quoted saying he is pondering his fighting future.
"Trust me when I tell you he's ready to retire," White said Thursday. "He and I had an agreement. . . . He made a deal with me. He's never not listened to me. We'll see what happens," he added.
The deal was Liddell would retire if he lost to Rua.
"I can not see him coming back to me and saying: `I want to fight one more.' We already did that," White said. "I can't see that happening. I think there's a lot of people around him who need his money (who are) putting pressure on him."

Cro Cop Returns: UFC 99: The Comeback is living up to its name with the confirmation that Mirko (Crop Cop) Filipovic is returning to the UFC and will fight on the June 13 card in Cologne, Germany.
The former Pride star from Croatia exited the organization after an unimpressive three-fight run in 2007 that saw him lose to Gabriel Gonzaga and Cheick Kongo and beat Eddie Sanchez. Fighting in Dream and K-1 since then, he has won two and had one no contest.
"Cro Cop is going to fight," White said Thursday.
Filipovic also announced the news on his website.
"I decided to fight in the UFC again, because of the stronger competition in the heavyweight division. My next opponent will be Mostapha Al Turk. I didn't do well in my first three appearances - I wasn't myself.
"By returning to the cage I want to prove that I can still fight at highest level, no matter when or where."
Kongo has also been added, to the German card, replacing the injured Heath Herring against Cain Velasquez.
"When have you ever seen a boxing card when guys start falling off and the card actually gets better than it was before? It never happens," said White."Every time something bad happens on this card, the card gets better so I'm pretty excited about it".

Ontario Update: White is still confident Ontario will open its arms to mixed martial arts but now says the UFC probably won't get to Toronto until next year.
"I'm very confident that we're going to be there next year. There's no reason we shouldn't be," he said.
"We've put on two successful events in Montreal. We've been putting on successful events for almost 10 years now. There's no reason why we shouldn't be in Ontario.
"We know what a big market it is, we know the economic impact it will have on that city. It's ridiculous. We're going to get in there."

Geographic location: Montreal, LAS VEGAS, Cologne Germany Croatia Ontario Toronto

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Thanks for voting!

Top of page