Las Vegas - Mirko Cro Cop will get one more shot to fight in the UFC.
After Cro Cop's knockout loss to Brendan Schaub at UFC 128, UFC president Dana White said, "I think this is the last time we'll ever see him in the Octagon."
However, on Wednesday, White said the 36-year-old Croat will be getting one more shot after all.
"He wants to fight again, and I owe him another fight," White said.
"Do I think that he should have retired? Yeah. But I don't think he is in one of these situations like I felt Chuck Liddell needed to retire right then. Listen, he's a grown man. If he wants to continue to fight, that's his right."
White said he had deal with Cro Cop, who has lost his last two fights in a row via knockout, which precluded the organization from releasing him before his contract was over.
"Cro Cop and I made a deal and Cro Cop wants to fight again, so I will honor that deal."
"I think that if 'Rampage wins,' you've got to be more interested in the 'Rampage' fight because 'Rampage' deserves it," White said. "He's at the top. Machida is coming off of a win over Couture, but I think Machida needs another fight. But with the way my luck's gone lately, who knows? We'll see what happens."
White explained why Evans will probably have to wait to get his hands on his former friend and training partner, Jones.
"Let's say, hypothetically speaking, Rashad Evans fights and he wins the fight against Phil Davis," White said. "Let's say he wins that fight in 30 seconds and comes out without a scratch, feels like a million bucks and is ready to go and wants to fight Jon Jones in December. We will have already shot the commercials. That stuff is three months out. It would be impossible to do."
Evans meets Phil Davis at UFC 133 on Aug. 6.
* White confirmed that the UFC is still working on promoting an event in Sweden but nothing has been finalized as of yet. Same with Scotland and the Philippines.
* "As soon as they are ready," was White's response to when he would match up Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard for a third time. No timetable yet on when that fight will take place, but it sounds like September is a good bet.
* Zuffa still hasn't decided whether they will ever release on DVD some of the earlier UFC pay-per-views.
* Finally, White said Brock Lesnar was in good spirits after having to pull out of his UFC 131 fight against Junior dos Santos due to suffering from diverticulitis again.
"I talked to him a couple of days ago," White said. "His head is in a good place. He has an appointment actually tomorrow at the Mayo Clinic. He's going to make some decisions on what he's going to do.
"But he's in a good place right now. Like I said today, this black cloud hanging over the heavyweight division, I feel optimistic about it. I think that it's going to turn out well for him and I'm hoping that we can see him back before the first of the year."
UFC President Dana White (above) embarrassed after Gray Maynard beat Clay Guida by split decision to win a lightweight bout and the main event of the UFC card in Atlantic City.
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