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    Star Dana White Tastes His Own Medicine

    For once, it’s finally nice to see UFC president Dana White get a taste of his own medicine.

    For the week leading up to UFC 99, much was named about the “verbal agreement” that Dana White had in place with Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic.

    For the first time in White’s reign, a bout was agreed to by word-of-mouth alone and not accompanied by pen-and-paper. White insisted he was good friends with Cro Cop and trusted the croatian’s word when he said he was ready to make a run at the UFC’s heavyweight title.

    Well, Mirko’s return was extremely brief as Cro Cop revealed he would not be returning to the UFC as he already had a three-fight contract in place with DREAM.

    As you can imagine, Dana White was not too happy:

    “Isn’t that a dirty [expletive] thing to do?” White asked rhetorically after being queried about Filipovic’s deal with DREAM. “He [ expletive] me. The first time in the history of the company I do one over the phone. He promised me a three-fight deal and he [ expletive] me.”

    “He didn’t keep his word,” White said, who said he’d had a two-hour talk with Filipovic on the day Filipovic texted and asked to be able to return. “He talked about honor and all this other [expletive] and he [ expletive] me.

    “He fed me this bull [expletive] about wanting to take a run for the title, and what I think he did was, he went out and did this. He turned down every other [expletive] fighter I offered him, because I needed him to fight Cain. He didn’t just poke Al-Turk; he poked me, too.”
    For a strong businessman as White, not signing a fighter to a contract was an extremely amateurish mistake.

    However, I have a feeling the last laugh may be on Mirko. If no official contract was actually signed and since the match took place in Germany and outside the jurisdiction of any US-based athletic commission, I would not be surprised at all if we hear that Zuffa refuses to pay Cro Cop for his victory at UFC 99.

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    My take on it was that they signed a one fight deal and agreed to work out the rest of the details after the fight. Cro Cop is definitely getting paid for this fight.

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    I didn't want to post this earlier, because it would involve spoiling results, but I guarantee this makes Cro Cop Claudale's new hero. I think it's a crappy thing to do, but sitll love the guy as a fighter.
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    VAK - I think Cro Cop was wrong here. The UFC handpicked an opponent for him to beat, obviously for future fights and they brought him back without him setting the world on fire in the meantime. The UFC needs good HWTs and he's already fought most of the good non-UFC Hwts (other than Sylvia and Arlovski, both of which couldn't get hit at all by him without going down)

    But I am trying to think of why it happened.

    First of all, I don't believe there was no contract whatsoever - a multi million dollar company and a vet fighter are not going to have a fight based on a handshake. They aren't great friends or anything (obviously, they've both F'd each other at this point). I bet it was a single fight contract and I do believe CC agreed to sign another contract (as Dana said). But if he looked like crap, would the UFC have still signed him? I don't know. The UFC is pretty firm on contract wording, so I don't know how they could agree to 3 fights but not be able to put that agreement on paper.

    Although it's possible he went with Dream for $, I think instead he either tried to deliberated F the UFC (since they ripped up his old contract on the loss clause and told him a new one would pay less) or for pride reasons, he wanted to at least say he returned to the UFC and fought again and left on a high note.
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