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Mirko Cro Cop's exodus from the UFC is complete.

The fearsome striker will face off with Siala "Mighty Mo" Siliga at DREAM 10 on July 20, MMAWeekly.com has learned from a source close to the fight. Josh Gross at SI.com was the first to report the news.

Cro Cop is five days removed from an indecisive TKO victory over Mustapha Al-Turk at UFC 99 that ended shortly after an inadvertent eye poke caused the British fighter to wilt. That night, UFC president Dana White confirmed to Yahoo! Sports that Cro Cop had walked away from a two-fight extension with the promotion for a three-fight contract with Dream.

Several subsequent reports gave conflicting information citing Cro Cop's departure. On Wednesday, Croatian website Index.hr ran a report that appeared to confirm White's statements.

In the report, Cro Cop disputed the idea that his move to Dream was below the board and said the choice came down to timing.

"I have nothing to hide or to be ashamed of," said Cro Cop. "The thing is very simple. I know the truth and Dana knows the truth - I had a one-fight deal with UFC and I fulfilled my contractual obligation. I said we're going to sit down and talk after UFC 99.

"The problem is I'm 35 and I'm finally healthy. The UFC is offering me a fight six months from now. I said even before that I want to fight three more times this year. I don't really care if it's in the ring or inside the Octagon. I don't see why I can't fight in Japan for a few fights and then return to the UFC. That is also an option."

Siliga, also a hard-striking kickboxer, last fought under MMA rules in December, where he lost to Semmy Schilt by triangle at K-1 Dynamite! on New Year's Eve. __________________


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Jordan B (220 posts)
Posted: 2009-06-19 at: 12:17
Awsome match up DREAM 10 is going to be another great night.
Seko (59 posts)
Posted: 2009-06-19 at: 01:10
nice opponent for mirko! strong punch,solid stand up we'll be war !!!
mirkec samo napred
bonjazkykikz (69 posts)
Posted: 2009-06-19 at: 01:35
gotta say I'm gonna go with Mo on this one, Cro Cop just isn't what he used to be
Daniel, Sweden reporter (2501 posts)
Posted: 2009-06-19 at: 08:59
Cro cop for sure. Mo has no good ground game and hasent been succefull in a long time. Cool matchup tho.

thanx for the info
Simoyin (344 posts)
Posted: 2009-06-19 at: 12:16
Mo will probably lose. I don't know why he insists on fighting mma.
D-rop, Video editor (2420 posts)
Posted: 2009-06-19 at: 02:05
CroCop will win this one: his standup-game is better and his ground-game is a lot better.

ricardo (126 posts)
Posted: 2009-06-19 at: 04:43
ufc has many good fighters in many categories so the fighters usually only fight 2 times in a year. the same happen with fedor( ufc want exclusivity in the contract but fedor wanted to fight in sambo too). so i agree with mirko, if ufc only give him a fight in 6 months why not fight in another promote..about the fight i hope mirko wins
szanpan (2088 posts)
Posted: 2009-06-20 at: 07:42
I think Mighty Mo would need to do too much to win, however I hope Crcop will really be in form for this fight. And as for the question why Mo still fights I think the answer is clear: first money and the second, i think if someone does that for that much time it's so hard to stop anyway :) and glad to read this news!
Simoyin (344 posts)
Posted: 2009-06-20 at: 08:27
I didn't mean why he still fights, just why does he fight in mixed martial arts..But yeah, money is probably a factor here too i guess.
rul3z (277 posts)
Posted: 2009-06-21 at: 06:38
Okay this shall be a good fight for cro-cop and okay I am a fan of this guy, but he must be ashamed of himself for his win against Al-Turk in the UFC 99. I never seen a fighter who pokes the opponents eye and says I am proud or something !!!

Regarding this fight it shall be great for sure, but I wish I see the real Cro Cop not the one who is seeking a win even with an illegal and sucking way.
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