Cagewriter - Mixed Martial Arts

The story of the postfight action was Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic telling UFC president Dana White he didn't want to sign with the UFC longterm. Technically he couldn't because he informed White that he had already signed a three fight deal with DREAM in Japan.

No shocker, White told Yahoo! Sports Kevin Iole he was not happy:

"Isn’t that a dirty (expletive) thing to do?” White asked rhetorically after being queried about Filipovic’s deal with DREAM. “He (expletived) 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 (expletived) me.”

Cro Cop finishes his UFC career 2-2. In the end, it's a loss for MMA fans. Japan just doesn't have any depth for Cro Cop to battle in the heavyweight division. The only hope now is that Scott Coker/Strikeforce can workout a deal to co-promote some Cro Cop fights in the states. An Alistair Overeem-Cro Cop rematch under the Strikeforce banner would be dynamite.

Wanderlei Silva got a little extra cash for his efforts in a loss against Rich Franklin. The main event at UFC 99 got Fight of the Night. Mike Swick earned the Knockout of the Night bonus for his finish of Ben Saunders. Young Brit Terry Etim scored the Submission of the Night with his d'arce choke of Justin Buchholz.

The event at Lanxess in Cologne, Germany drew 12,800 and produced a gate of $1.3 million at an average of just over $100 per ticket.

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