UFC 99: The Comeback
UFC 99: The Comeback was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on June 13, 2009 in Cologne, Germany.
It was the first UFC event held in Germany, as well as the first in mainland Europe (events have previously been held in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, the continental United States, Brazil, and Japan).
On Monday, June 1, the UFC announced that Mirko "CroCop" Filipović would be returning to the promotion to face Mostapha Al-turk at UFC 99. It was Filipović's first fight in the UFC since his unanimous-decision loss to Cheick Kongo at UFC 75 in 2007. Since that fight, he has gone 2-0-0 with one no contest while fighting for other promotions.
An announced bout between Heath Herring and Cain Velasquez was canceled due to an illness that Herring is suffering. On May 20, 2009, Cheick Kongo was announced as the replacement.