Mirko Cro Cop offered few answers in his first comments since he apparently ditched the UFC for a three-fight deal with DREAM in Japan.
“This is a business secret,” Cro Cop told Croatian news portal DNEVNIK.hr. “I do not want to talk about it.”
We had reported on Saturday that Cro Cop signed a three-fight contract with DREAM, shortly after defeating Mustafa al-Turk at UFC 99. UFC President Dana White had signed Cro Cop to a verbal one-fight deal, with the hope of re-signing the former PRIDE superstar, if he looked impressive.
“Isn’t that a dirty (expletive) thing to do?” White told Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports over the weekend. “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.”
White’s frustration is understandable, especially when Cro Cop had this to say during last Tuesday’s UFC 99 media call: “This is definitely not the last fight in the UFC for me. Definitely not, you have my word for it.”
Officials in the UFC are under the impression that Cro Cop is now under contract with DREAM, while other sources contend that Cro Cop is a free agent, and had negotiated the deal with DREAM in case he lost the fight on Saturday without ever signing it. Whether or not the UFC will even want to engage in a bidding war with DREAM over Cro Cop’s services remains to be seen.
Stay tuned to FightLine.com in the coming days for more on this story.