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Mirko 'Cro Cop' says he'll fight Al-Turk at UFC 99

Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic will take on Mustapha Al-Turk at UFC 99 on June 13 in Cologne, Germany, according to the Croatian heavyweight.

Long rumored for the UFC 99 card, "Cro Cop" made the announcement of his UFC return today on his official blog at MMA-ID.

"So we have some big news!" "Cro Cop" wrote. "I decided to fight in the UFC again, because of the stronger competition in the heavyweight division. My next opponent will be Mustapha Al-Turk."

"Cro Cop" admitted that his first stint with the UFC did not remotely live up to expectations. He won his debut against Eddie Sanchez but would lose his next two to Gabriel Gonzaga and Cheick Kongo.

"I didn't do well in my first three appearances -- I wasn't myself. By returning to the cage I want to prove that I can still fight at highest level, no matter when or where."

After leaving the UFC in 2007, "Cro Cop" returned in 2008 to Japan where he picked up two wins and embroiled himself in a feud with Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem. They met at DREAM.6 in September and the fight ended in a no contest due to Overeem throwing knees below the belt. Up until the finish, "Cro Cop" was struggling against Overeem.

"Cro Cop" added in his blog that he wants to fight at least three times this year against quality opponents and closed his entry by thanking UFC president Dana White.

"I want to say thank you Mr. Dana White for your interest and for an invitation back to the UFC," he wrote. "I owe you a lot from our first deal, and I'll make it up to you."

Note: The official UFC website still lists Al-Turk as fighting Todd Duffee. We'll keep you updated.