Join Date: Oct 2008
rogan talks cro-cop/dos santos....
"Mirko Cro Cop has made it very clear he's unhappy with his early performances in the UFC. He really wants to make up for that and in doing that and coming back to the UFC... taking on a young, hungry lion like Junior Dos Santos; he's taking a very big chance. Mirko is a huge name in mixed martial arts. One of the biggest international names. Worldwide recognized as a top striker, top mixed martial arts fighter and fought some of the very best fighters in the world. You name it, he's fought some of the toughest guys in PRIDE. In taking this really tough fight against a relatively unknown but super dangerous Junior Dos Santos... he's letting everyone know he's willing to step in there and take big chances to re-establish himself as one of the top heavyweights in the game. If he gets past Junior Dos Santos, he's letting everyone know Mirko Cro Cop is back and a legitimate threat to the UFC heavyweight championship."
-UFC color commentator Joe Rogan talks about the rejuvenation of Mirko Cro Cop and the willingness of the former PRIDE and K-1 champion to re-establish himself as the best mixed martial artist in the UFC. Cro Cop is now 2-2 in the UFC with wins over Eddie Sanchez and Mustapha al Turk, and losses to Gabriel Gonzaga and Cheick Kongo.
After defeating al Turk, it was unclear if Cro Cop would be back in the Octagon again, however, on July 3, it was reported that he had re-signed with the UFC after getting an offer "he couldn't refuse" by UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta. Fertitta flew to Filipovic's residence in Zagreb and offered Cro Cop a three-fight contract that he later agreed to.
Cro Cop is currently ranked the #10 heavyweight fighter in the world by FiveKnuckles.com, but should he defeat Dos Santos, he will likely move closer to that #1 position.