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Crocop at UFC 99 is official

FINALLY! Straight from the UFC’s website:

After weeks of speculation, the news is finally official – international superstar Mirko Cro Cop is returning to the UFC. One of the most feared strikers in MMA history, the 34-year old resident of Zagreb, Croatia will be taking on England’s Mostapha Al-Turk in main card action on June 13th’s UFC 99 card at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany.

The 2006 PRIDE Open Weight Grand Prix champion, Cro Cop (24-6-2) holds wins over Wanderlei Silva, Josh Barnett, Hidehiko Yoshida, Mark Coleman, Kevin Randleman, Kazushi Sakuraba, and Heath Herring. And though he only went 1-2 in his first UFC stint in 2007, he is unbeaten in three straight bouts since then and is looking forward to making a run for the UFC crown his second time around.

I hate to say this, but yes I am excited. How can I not be? I shared an emotional moment of pure joy with Mirko when he won the Open Weight Grand Prix back in 2006. Since then I have found myself stuck being all over his underperforming nuts.

There’s not much luster left on the Crocop legacy though. Even the UFC press release had to dress up his recent performance, saying “he is unbeaten in three straight bouts”, which is a sneaky way of saying he’s 2-0-1 with the wins coming against some fat dude and that tall dude and the no contest being the Alistair Overeem fight he was losing.

They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. Does this situation apply?