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Old 05-10-2011, 03:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Big Nog’s Boxing Coach Calls For Rematch With Cro Cop in Rio!

This fight makes the most sense. Strange how their paths have led em to this possible final showdown for both legends.
1st generation - Royce vs Ken (if it did happen.)
2nd generation - Big Nog vs Crocop
3rd generation - All the current champs!
4th generation - Rory, Oliveira, Barboza, Makdessi,

Would be interesting...

Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic responded yesterday to recent comments Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s boxing coach Luis Dorea made in which the Brazilian trainer called for a rematch between his fighter and the Croatian PRIDE veteran.

Dorea told Tatame last week that he would love to see the two former PRIDE legends square off one more time before they retire and that the match-up would be a perfect first bout back for Nogueira, who has been sidelined several months after undergoing double-knee surgery in 2010.

“I’d like to see him fighting [Mirko] Cro Cop. If it doesn’t happen in August, it can be in September, October… But it’s a fight I’d like to see. I’ve seen Cro Cop saying things about it, saying he’d like to fight Rodrigo. They’re two legends, two big names… It really would be an interesting fight to watch in MMA. As for the when, to me, it’ll only happen in August if he’s 100% healed. Rodrigo has a big heart, he really loves doing it and he’s fought while not 100% for his fans, because of his commitment, because he respects UFC, so he has fought while injured. Rodrigo is sick now; he’s injured, he’s having fevers… But, as he always overcomes his own obstacles,” Dorea explained. “Rodrigo is an example to be followed inside and outside the Octagon for the things he does. Minotauro shows a lot confidence for us, but now, for him to get into a fight, he has to be 100% healed. He’ll only fight in August if he’s 100%”. He has a full team of physiotherapists helping him, and he’s doing great on his healing process… But it’s a fight we’d like to see: Cro Cop vs. Rodrigo.”

Cro Cop was contacted by Fighters Only yesterday and he told the UK-based magazine’s web editor, John Joe O’Regan, that he would gladly accept the bout and said he would love to do it in Brazil in August on the UFC 134 card set for Rio de Janeiro.

“Yes I saw the comments made by Nogueira’s boxing coach and I agree,” Filipovic stated via text message. “I am ready to fight Nogueira any time, even in Brazil in August.”

Filipovic is 0-2 in his last two outings with both losses coming by way of devastating knockout. In his last bout against Brendan Schaub at UFC 128 he was holding his own against the former TUF 10 contestant, but with just 1:16 remaining in in the fight he walked into a counter-punch that left him sprawled out on the canvas wondering where he was and asking, “What just happened?”

When asked afterwards if the fight with Schaub would be Filipovic’s last in the Octagon, UFC president Dana White said, “Yeah, I’d probably have to say that’s the last time we see Mirko “Cro Cop” fight [in the UFC] again,” but if we’ve learned anything from White, it’s that nothing he says is set in stone, so you never know.



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Old 05-10-2011, 04:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This would be awesome a card with Big Nog vs. Cro Cop/ Shogun vs. Griffin 2 and Silva vs. Okami 2 makes an awesome card it being in Brazil makes it even better.
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I, along with many others, have been calling for this fight for some time now, especially with the upcoming Rio card. We have to be honest with ourselves... it's unlikely that Big Nog will be vying for a title again, so at this stage, he should be getting glory and nostalgia bouts. The same goes for Mirko, though I was under the impression he was now gone from the UFC. Neither man is ever going to be champion again, barring some sort of miracle, but both still have fight... give them one another. It'd be good for them, it'd be good for the fans, and it'd be good for the organization in that people WOULD pay to see it. It's win-win.

I'd also not mind Cro Cop vs. Mark Hunt II. In the grand scheme of things, the fight would be meaningless, but again, we're not concerned about titles with these men. It's about challenging and fun fights, which there still are. Seeing Mirko KOed by another young stud who outweighs him by 30 pounds proves zilch at this point, so let the man go out with a few 'big' fights that would leave the fans feeling nostalgic and pleased no matter the outcome.
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Crocop wants one more fight and this is the perfect fight to go out on, and if crocop would win, I think Big Nog would be done also.

MAKE IT HAPPEN DANA!
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I wouldn't know how to feel if Cro Cop lost again to be totally honest.
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No Thanks , even though Cro Cop performed better than i expected and was very competitive against the bigger and younger opponent , i have no desire from now on to see him fight.

Big Nog i believe is past it but i would let him fight on the Rio Card but i have no idea against who , he would most likley lose to everyone.
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Both guys have looked really bad recently. Both guys have lost their chins and have failed to evolve their game. Crocop is no real threat to anyone anymore, at least Nog can still sub top level fighters, problem is they touch his chin before he gets a chance.
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Please... make it happen Dana. This is the last fight i TRULY need to request. Itl be a MOVIE like ending for both of the legends.
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Big Nog wins because Mirco is dead inside. How much more can CC tarnish his beloved Pride legacy?
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We were begging for this 3 fights ago!

C'mon! perfect match-up!
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