Rothwell most likely next for Crocop

by John Morgan | source: mmajunkie.com
 

While it certainly wasn't quite vintage "Cro Cop" at UFC 110, Mirko Filipovic's second-round TKO over late-replacement Anthony Perosh (10-6 MMA, 0-3 UFC) did get the Croatian back in the win column.

At the evening's post-event press conference, Filipovic (26-7-2 MMA, 3-3 UFC) said his renewed focus on training means he's still got plenty to offer the world of mixed martial arts.

Meanwhile, UFC president Dana White said the Croatian striker will likely get a chance to prove that against his originally scheduled opponent, Ben Rothwell (30-7 MMA, 0-1 UFC), very soon.

"I can say I was satisfied with my performance," Filipovic said in a rare post-fight press conference appearance. "I didn't fight my original opponent. He canceled the fight. Perosh jumped in, and I'm grateful to him for that. He showed great courage and guts. He came to fight.

"But where I'm at in the heavyweight division, I don't know. I believe I belong in the top, so we'll see in the next fights. It depends on the next fight."

White said he hopes those answers can come in short order.

"I think what we do is we do the fight that was supposed to happen tonight," White said. "We'll make that fight happen, and obviously Mirko didn't have a rough night tonight.

"Ben isn't out because he's injured or anything. He got a stomach virus, so hopefully we can make this fight quick and put this one together soon."

While Filipovic easily handled Perosh, who took the fight on just 48 hours' notice, the bout served more as a moment of nostalgia for longtime "Cro Cop" fans than it did as any true test of talent. With Filipovic's UFC wins coming over Perosh, Mostapha Al Turk (in controversial fashion) and Eddie Sanchez, many wonder if the fighter can remain relevant in the UFC's current title picture.

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Deets89 site profile image  

2/21/10 9:40 PM by Deets89

not gonna lie, despite the lackluster opponent, it was nice to see crocop woop some ass again.

soldierdad5417 site profile image  

2/21/10 8:37 PM by soldierdad5417

 Looking forward to this one. I have nothing but respect for Perosh taking that fight (and his beating) the way he did. I thought for sure Cro Cop was finally going to end a fight with a sick KO the way he used to, but Perosh's chin just woldn't let it happen.

IrishRomo site profile image  

2/21/10 5:19 PM by IrishRomo

Mirko ko. Someone that will actually fight.

sbuild site profile image  

2/21/10 5:16 PM by sbuild

Big Ben will retire Cro cop

Bam57Bam site profile image  

2/21/10 3:35 PM by Bam57Bam

Would love to see this fight. Hopefully it will happen soon.

ajjr0ller site profile image  

2/21/10 3:18 PM by ajjr0ller

Just gotta say big props to Perosh where its deserved. First for stepping up for this fight on only days notice, and then hanging in tough despite the ass beating and the horror-movie cut opened on his forehead.

macbjj site profile image  

2/21/10 3:07 PM by macbjj

yea I cant wait to see this fight.

sureshock site profile image  

2/21/10 1:51 PM by sureshock

Good fight and test to see where Mirko is at right now.