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hbdale309 12-13-2006 07:31 PM

Source: Cro Cop Chooses UFC
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
by Jeff Sherwood and Josh Gross

Reigning PRIDE Open-Weight Grand Prix champion Mirko Filipovic (Pictures) has apparently decided to bolster the ranks of the UFC heavyweight division, a source inside the Croatian's camp informed Wednesday.

Rumors have buzzed of Filipovic's departure from PRIDE since his official Web site reported in recent days that he would not fight on the Japanese promoter's year-end card.

Filipovic, the No. 2 heavyweight in the world behind PRIDE champion Fedor Emelianenko (Pictures), would make an immediate impact on a division that has long been considered among the weakest in the UFC. Terms are not known, but it's expected Fillipovic, 32, could sign one of the most lucrative multi-fight deals in UFC history.

A former K-1 star, "Cro Cop" moved from kickboxing to mixed martial arts in 2001, and has since amassed in impressive 21-4-2 record. His biggest accomplishment in MMA occurred just last September, when the Fighter of the Year candidate stopped Wanderlei Silva (Pictures) and Josh Barnett (Pictures) on the same night to capture PRIDE's Grand Prix crown.

It was believed tournament victory would secure Filipovic a second crack at Emelianenko, whom the Croatian lost to by decision in epic August 2005 clash.

Filipovic's four losses have come against Emelianenko, former K-1 World Grand Prix champion Mark Hunt (Pictures), a shocking knockout against former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman (Pictures) and by submission in a classic battle against former PRIDE heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Pictures).

"Cro Cop" is renowned for his striking skills, which features a devastating left high kick that is responsible for highlight-reel victories against the likes of Silva, Igor Vovchanchyn (Pictures) and Aleksander Emelianenko.

The super-striker would immediately vault to the top of the contender list for Tim Sylvia (Pictures)'s UFC heavyweight belt, should the "Maine-iac," who is currently renegotiating his contract with the Las Vegas-based promoter, remain with the organization.

There has been some discussion inside the UFC that "Cro Cop," who was not under contract to PRIDE, would make his cage-fighting debut versus Jake O'Brien (Pictures), a young, undefeated fighter whose strength is on the mat.

Source: Mirko "Cro Cop" Chooses UFC

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silvawand 12-13-2006 07:39 PM

That is amazing.

BigE 12-13-2006 07:41 PM

Would be amazing.

screenamesuck 12-13-2006 07:45 PM

So Tim's contract is almost up huh. As much as I hate him I want him to stay now so I can see him fight CroCop

cabby 12-13-2006 07:54 PM

If Crocop comes nobody will beat him, NOBODY. Hopefully he will have a shot before Vera so we can see Tim get his ass owned hardcore. Either way if Tim fights either of those guys he will lose

jamlena 12-13-2006 07:55 PM


Originally Posted by silvawand
That is amazing.

I hope it's true

Kameleon 12-13-2006 07:59 PM

I hope something is said tonight. :thumbsup:

Nabors12 12-13-2006 08:01 PM

I predict sylvia abandoning the belt when this is made official!

benn 12-13-2006 08:41 PM

If true! Cro cop got a good career in the UFC. I would see that he would hold the belt for a long time.

liveson777 12-13-2006 09:47 PM

i cant wait till i actually see him in the Ufc octagon it will be an awesome feeling knowing that UFC has Cro Cop fighting for them and he will dominate all the competition Good Job

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