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Cro Cop vs Nelson, Set for UFC 137

Written on July 14, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Two UFC heavyweight fighters are slated for a critical match, as Roy Nelson and Mirko 'Cro Cop' Filipovic are set to face each other at UFC 137 to redeem their respective career.

In a ‘loser leaves town’ match, Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic announced in a Croatian sports show – Gol – that he is set to face Roy Nelson at UFC 137. Both fighters are coming from multiple setbacks, with Roy Nelson carrying back-to-back losses from Junior Dos Santos at UFC 117 and Frank Mir at UFC 130.

Meanwhile, a win is also critical for Cro Cop, as he was knocked out for the second consecutive time at UFC 128 against Brendan Schaub. However, UFC President – Dana White – cleared out that the promotion still owns the former PRIDE open-weight champion one match on his contract. But an unimpressive win will definitely be Cro Cop’s last time to shine.

The UFC 137 is slated to take place on October 29, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

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Brendan Schaub: Wanting to Duel Minatauro at UFC Rio

Written on May 16, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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With a knockout win over Mirko 'Cro Cop' Filipovic, former TUF cast member - Brendan Schaub - eyes a fight against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC Rio.

Following Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s announcement of fighting at the upcoming UFC 134, two heavyweight fighters are waiting for a tap to join him in the Octagon. Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic and Brendan Schaub made their interest to fight Minatauro Nogueria known to the public.

Albeit Antonio Rodrigo Nogueria’s coach – Luis Dorea – personally hoped for Cro Cop, Brendan Schaub and his team believes that he deserve the spot. Manager, Lex McMahon, said in a text to ESPN.com that they are optimistic to get the fight at UFC 134.

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UFC 119: Mir Victorious Over Cro Cop

Written on September 27, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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The fight was not what we expected it to be. First, Cro Cop and Mir were just clinching each other on the cage for three whole rounds. Second, we thought that Cro Cop is hard to knock out. Third, it was a boring 14-minute sparring rather than a fight.

Frank Mir’s brutal knee ended up the fight of Mirko Cro Cop last Saturday on UFC 119. Making it a KO win for Frank Mir ending up a 14 minute action for the headliners.

Cro Cop eventually wasn’t hurt much and got up quickly after the KO. But afterward he went up to Mir and asked what happened. Irony is that, before the bout there are speculations that Mir had to do extreme grappling in order to KO a striker like Cro Cop. Mir turned out to win without so much action.

“I just pulled a victory over Mirko with no jiu jitsu,” Mir said.

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Countdown to UFC 119: Tonight on Spike TV

Written on September 21, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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UFC fans, set your alarms. The countdown and preview for UFC 119 air tonight on Spike TV and we are sure you don't want to miss a thing.

Be reminded that the UFC’s tradition of pre-event preview returns tonight for the “Countdown to UFC 119: Mir vs. Cro Cop.” This will start at 10:47 PM ET/PT on Spike TV and gives the spotlight to the UFC 119 headliners Frank Mir and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. For those who can’t catch up tonight, there is a replay on Wednesday 11PM ET/PT and Saturday 1AM and 1PM ET/PT on Spike TV.

It will also focus on co-headliners Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ryan Bander. Although UFC’s 205-pound division is filled with contenders, UFC’s Dana White said that the Nogueira vs Bader could have title implications.

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Cro Cop, Injured but Still Going to Fight on UFC 119

Written on September 20, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Cro Cop supporters should all rejoice. Since your UFC 119 bet, Mikro Cro Cop Filipovic, is still on the headline for UFC 119. Croatian news which said that he cannot fight is a fallacy.

UFC headliner Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic suffers an eye injury, but he’s still going to fight and next weeks’s main event with Frank Mir.

Last Friday, Dana White said that the Croatian news which said that an eye injury might force Cro Cop to step out of the Sept.25 headliner is “untrue”.

“His last day of sparring – the last 10 minutes of the last day of sparring – he got poked in the eye,” said White, who was in Rosemead, Calif., for the latest UFC Gym opening. “But he’s seen an opthamologist; he’s seen everybody.”

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Frank Mir Sees the Positive Side

Written on September 13, 2010 by Zac Efren

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"I can be him or more in this fight." --Frank Mir

On Spetember 25, Frank Mir and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic will headline UFC 119.

Check out the video below and hear what Mir got to say about his opponent. Listen as he go through the different aspects that will make him win the fight.

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Mirko Filipovic to Replace Antonio Nogueira at UFC 119

Written on August 16, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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Due to an undisclosed injury, "Big Nog" needs to step out of the Octagon for UFC 119. Taking his position will be the Croatian fighter Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic. "Cro Cop" versus Mir? Isn't it exciting?

The Nogueira vs. Mir rematch seems like it’s not meant to be, as “Big Nog” was forced to withdraw due to an injury. Change in plans was announced earlier today by Fighters Only magazine, and reported that Mirko Filipovic will step up to replace Nogueira. Nature of Big Nog’s injury is unknown, but the Brazilian requires surgery that is expected to take until New Year. The rematch was set to headline UFC 119 this coming September 25 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Also in the co-main event is a bout between Nogueira’s brother, Rogerio, against Ryan Bader.

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