Mirko Cro Cop’s controversial victory over Mustapha Al-Turk at UFC 99 will stand, reports MMAWeekly. Cro Cop had defeated Al-Turk after an accidental eye poke, which allowed Cro Cop to finish Al-Turk off in the first round. Ken Pavia, Al-Turk’s manager, had said that he was going to appeal the decision.
However, Marc Ratner, UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, said that an appeal was not possible.
“It’s very simple,” said Ratner. “By the unified rules… first of all the referee didn’t see the foul. What you’re asking is can we go to instant replay. You’re saying now that the fight’s over, can you take a look at it? If the referee had seen the finger and stopped the fight immediately, he could have given a stop for five minutes to recover, and then if (Al-Turk) couldn’t have gone on, it would have been a no-contest.”
Meanwhile, the USA Today is reporting that Mike Kogan, who runs the U.S. operation of DREAM’s parent company, Fighting and Entertainment Group, confirmed that Mirko Cro Cop has signed a three-fight deal with the organization.
Cro Cop, however, has yet to speak publicily about his current status with DREAM.