“The UFC has said Mostapha will get another fight. It’s kind of one of those things that was confirmed, but we knew would probably happen beforehand as well, going into the fight on short notice and things like that. It’s a tough fight the UFC gave us. Both of the fights have been tough so far,” Al-Turk’s trainer Paul Ivens recently told MMAjunkie.
A Cage Rage veteran, Al-Turk suffered a first-round TKO loss to Kongo in December before suffering another first-round TKO defeat to Cro Cop on Saturday at UFC 99. Though all but elite-level fighters would likely be cut by the UFC following two-straight losses, Al-Turk accepted the bout with Cro Cop on just two weeks notice after originally agreeing to fight newcomer Todd Duffee on the event’s preliminary card and the bout was marred by a missed eye poke that setup the fight-ending flurry of punches.
According to the report, Al-Turk suffered a slight tear in his eye but no lasting damage is expected.
A date has not yet been set for Al-Turk’s must-win fight, which is likely to take place before the end of the year assuming his eye heals as expected.
[Pictured: Mostapha Al-Turk]