Well, it’s official. Mirko Cro Cop is back in the UFC and will appear at UFC 99 in Cologne, Germany June 13th. Discussions between the UFC and Cro Cop have gone back and forth over recent weeks and it was only yesterday that the final agreement was signed and Cro Cop’s official return was announced. The biggest loser in all of this is? Mustapha Al Turk, who has exactly 12 days to prepare for the man who was considered the number 2 heavyweight in the world just 2 and a half years ago.
Al Turk is 35 years old from Britain and stands 6’4, 235 lbs. He has a total 10 pro fights and has the worst agent in the history of sports. After only 6 pro MMA wins, his UFC debut came at UFC 92 against top contender Cheick Kongo where he was bullied and knocked around for 4 and a half minutes until referee Steve Mazzagatti finally had seen enough and pulled Kongo off the worn down body of Al Turk. He was overmatched in his UFC debut and the fans could see it. Call it UFC jitters or bad matchmaking, Kongo was on another level that night and Al Turk paid for it badly.
Fast forward 5 months later and the UFC matches Al Turk with a less experienced 4-0 Todd Duffee at UFC 99, a match that most will agree is fair to both fighters. Not so fast Mustapha. Please enter Mirko Cro Cop. Cro Cop tells Zuffa that he wants back in the UFC and rumour has it ticket sales for Germany’s first show have been surprisingly slow. Put this together and add in the 5 hour trip from Cro Cop’s home country of Crotia to Germany to the mix and bam – Cro Cop is back in the UFC.
With just 12 days before UFC 99, Cro Cop needs an opponent, and if you plan to fight at UFC 99, please step forward. Not so fast Todd Duffee. The UFC pulled a fast one on Duffee and the Heavyweight from ATT is now without an opponent for UFC 99 and Al Turk steps up to face the man who still remains one of the most dangerous heavyweights on the planet.
Al Turk can’t catch a break. After taking a beating at UFC 92 at the hands (and knees) of Kongo he will jump right in with 12 days notice to fake Cro Cop. The UFC is obviously setting up Mirko for a win and what better guy to do than the one (and assuming only) guy with the courage to step up and take this fight.
Let’s all wish Al Turk the best of luck at UFC 99. Maybe the Cro Cop who almost quit against Kongo will show up and not the Cro Cop who tore through the field at the Pride Open Weight Tournament in 2006. For Al Turk, it’s not often you face two of the best heavyweights in the world in your lone two UFC fights, but he will do just that.
Maybe after UFC 99, Al Turk and Todd Duffee will finally get to meet and settle once and for all, who has the worst agent in all of MMA.