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Cro Cop: “I’m Too Old for This”

UFC color commentator Joe Rogan appeared on 106.7 FM KROQ “The Roq of the 80’s” to discuss mixed martial arts. Partway through the interview Rogan stated that Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic was considering quitting during his fight with Cheick Kongo at UFC 75: Champion vs. Champion.

“If you watch the last UFC, this is something nobody knows, the Mirko Cro Cop fight that was on Spike last week - he got kneed in the balls, he went down and said to “Big” John McCarthy, “I’m too old for this shit.” and Big John said “No man you’re fine, you’re fine.” and he goes, “No I should just quit right now.” He said this while he was down and Big John goes, “If you want to quit just let me know and he said no, no I don’t.” So he had 5 minutes to recover and said he was too old for this.”

The UFC signed Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic to a lucrative two year, six-fight contract in December 2006. At the time, Cro Cop was on top of the world winning the PRIDE Open Weight Grand Prix which consisted of him defeating Wanderlei Silva and Josh Barnett in the same night to earn the tournament belt.

Since joining the ranks of the UFC heavyweight division Cro Cop has been a total disappointment. He was victorious in his debut defeating Eddie Sanchez by TKO. Since then he has dropped two straight fights, a vicious high kick knockout loss to Gabriel Gonzaga and a decision loss to Cheick Kongo.

 

CKA: Sep 10, 2007

News and Notes

- Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports has a direct quote from UFC President Dana White where White states he is working on an immediate rematch between Michael Bisping and Matt Hamill:

And, while they’re at it, the UFC honchos should mandate a rematch between Bisping and Hamill.

White said the rematch is “a no-brainer and I’m going to be on it right away.”

Having them fight again in a place where an official athletic commission will oversee the affairs is the only way to remove the stench surrounding UFC 75.

However FOX Sports is reporting that Bisping will most likely drop down to the middleweight division. I’m not so sure that Hamill could make 185 lbs.

- Staying with the quotes, it seems that Patrick Cote wants both Chris Leben and Terry Martin and would like to face the winner of their bout in December:

“I just want to prove to everybody that I was robbed last time [against Leben],” says Cote. “I will not leave the fight in the judge’s hands next time.”

“I just don’t like Martin,” says Cote. “He has a big mouth. Terry Martin has said he’s the next big thing at 185 and that he will be champion. He thinks he has heavy hands because he knocked out Jorge Rivera. But if you watch that fight, you see Rivera was already off balance and he caught him. He’s a one-dimensional fighter. He doesn’t shoot for the leg; he tries to trap you against the cage. I can use my reach against him, and I have good footwork and hands. It will be a long night for him if he wants to try and trap me against the cage.”

- The Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund is auctioning off Randy Couture’s autographed gloves from UFC 74. Bidding ends on Thursday.

- MMA Weekly is reporting that Fabio Silva will take on Melvin Manhoef at the September 17th K-1 Hero’s event.

- The British Medical Association is attempting to ban MMA in the country of England. Apparently it’s nothing to worry about as the BMA has also been trying to ban boxing since 1982. That obviously hasn’t worked.

- Mirko Cro Cop has told Croatian reporters that he suffered a broken rib in the first round of his recent loss to Cheick Kongo over the weekend.

- Zach Arnold has found that Hidehiko Yoshida may be appearing at K-1’s annual Dynamite show on New Year’s Eve. Now the big question: Will he fight or just be a guest?

Sankei Sports is reporting that Hidehiko Yoshida is considering an offer to appear at the K-1 Dynamite New Year’s Eve event. Yoshida was quoted as saying that he wanted to fight before the end of the year and that he is leaving any future career decisions to the J-ROCK office to determine. J-ROCK’s stance is that if PRIDE is dead, then Yoshida should be a free agent.

Radio Schedule:

Fight Opinion Radio #62: UFC 75 Review

12-1 PM EST - TAGG Radio
1-3 PM EST - The Jordan Breen Show
3-5 PM EST - The Stephen Quadros Show
3-4 PM EST - The Fight Network Radio
9-10 PM EST - MMAWeekly’s Sound Off
11 PM EST - Knockout Radio

Jackson Tops Henderson to Become Undisputed

For at least one more night, it was UFC vs PRIDE.

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and PRIDE Middleweight title holder Dan Henderson clashed last night in order to determine who currently is the best fighter in the world at 205 lbs. It was Jackson that came away victorious after five long and hard fought rounds at the sold out O2 Arena in London, England.

Jackson overcame being down on points earlier in the fight to win the final two rounds in convincing fashion and to give the judges more than enough reason to award him an unanimous decision.

Henderson (22-6) controlled the fight early on, clinching early and often to keep Jackson (28-6) at bay and unable to let his hands go. Jackson fought hard to prevent the two-time U.S. Olympic wrestler from taking him down but Henderson’s skill proved too much in the first few rounds.

However the rounds quickly caught up to Henderson and Jackson used his size and strength to wear down his opponent. The final stages of the fight saw Jackson beat Henderson at his own game, showing off newly polished ground skills that have become yet another weapon in Jackson’s dangerous arsenal. The final round saw both fighters lay everything on the line. Both were content to slug it out until the final bell where Henderson collapsed due to fatigue, allowing Jackson to pound away until the referee was forced to let the fighters know that the bout was over.

After the fight, Jackson let everyone know that his success on the ground wasn’t a fluke.

“A lot of people don’t know but I’ve got Jiu-Jitsu,” exclaimed Jackson.

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UFC 75: Champion vs Champion Live Blog

Today we will be going live at 1:30 PM EST, covering UFC 75: Champion vs Champion with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the day and night…

Since this event is taking place in England and airing in North America via tape delay at 9 PM EST on Spike TV, we will be sure to keep the live blog hidden from the front of the page. In order to view it in it’s entirety, click on the “continue reading” link at the bottom of the post.

While you are waiting for the event to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes predictions, weigh-in results, and much more:

UFC 75 Weigh-In Results
Dan Henderson: “This is the Biggest Fight of my Career”
PRIDE’s Last Hurrah? Possibly Not
Rampage Discusses Strategy Against Henderson
Dan Henderson on Best Damn Sports Show Period
UFC 75 Conference Call Notes
Rampage Discusses Bout With Henderson
Cro Cop’s Training Regimen Revealed?
UFC 75 to Air on Spike TV

Main Card:

Quinton Jackson vs. Dan Henderson - UFC Light Heavyweight Title/PRIDE Middleweight Title Unification Bout
Mirko Cro Cop vs. Cheick Kongo
Michael Bisping vs. Matt Hamill
Houston Alexander vs. Alessio Sakara
Marcus Davis vs. Paul Taylor

Preliminary Bouts:

Jess Liaudin vs. Anthony Torres
Gleison Tibau vs. Terry Etim
Thiago Silva vs. Tomasz Drwal
Dennis Siver vs. Naoyuki Kotani

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UFC 75 Weigh-In Results

Here are the official results from the UFC 75 weigh-ins:

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (204 lbs) vs. Dan Henderson (204 lbs)
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (220 lbs) vs. Cheick Kongo (231 lbs)
Michael Bisping (205 lbs) vs. Matt Hamill (205 lbs)
Alessio Sakara (205 lbs) vs. Houston Alexander (203 lbs)
Marcus Davis (169 lbs) vs. Paul Taylor (171 lbs)
Thiago Silva (204 lbs) vs. Tomasz Drwal (204 lbs)
Jess Liaudin (170 lbs) vs. Anthony Torres (170 lbs)
Dennis Siver (154 lbs) vs. Naoyuki Kotani (155 lbs)
Gleison Tibau (156 lbs) vs. Terry Etim (155 lbs)

UFC 75 Conference Call Notes

UFC President Dana White hosted a conference call earlier today in preparation for the upcoming UFC 75: Champion vs Champion event set to take place on September 8th from London, England. The fighters featured on the call were UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton Jackson, PRIDE Middleweight and Welterweight Champion Dan Henderson, Michael Bisping, and Matt Hamill through the use of an interpreter.

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Cro Cop’s Training Regimen Revealed?

The Fight Network is reporting that Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic’s 7-day training regimen for Cheick Kongo at UFC 75: Champion vs. Champion has been released by Polish MMA site http://www.budo.pl.

Monday
Morning: 4-5 km run, stretching
Afternoon: Warm-up, sparring or bag/mitt work, grappling

Tuesday
Morning: Weights and low intensity Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Afternoon: Warm-up, sparring or bag/mitt work, grappling

Wednesday
Morning: Low intensity runs, sometimes basketball

Thursday:
Morning: 4-5 km run, stretching
Afternoon: Warm-up, sparring or bag/mitt work, grappling

Friday
Morning: weights, low intensity Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Afternoon: Warm-up, sparring or bag/mitt work, grappling

Saturday
Morning: Running or low intensity workout with weights

Sunday: Rest

• On sparring days, Cro Cop will combine both stand-up and ground elements for at least 1 round
• Warm-ups generally take about 30 minutes and consist of strength exercises, shadow boxing, as well as standing wrestling and takedown defense drills
• Most days, Cro Cop will run at about 60% intensity
• Weight training sessions are 40 minutes without any breaks, 8-15 reps in a set

Back to the Future: Dana White Edition

The trend of future UFC matchups being revealed is continuing this week and UFC President Dana White is a big part of it.

White announced a trio of possible future matchups at the post-fight press conference for UFC 73:

- Anderson Silva will meet Rich Franklin for the second time in a UFC Middleweight Championship bout on October 20th in Franklin’s hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. It was announced that Franklin would face the winner of last night’s bout between Silva and Nate Marquardt after UFC 72 and White confirmed the situation last night.

- White also announced that BJ Penn has decided to stay in the lightweight division and will challenge Sean Sherk for his UFC Lightweight Title in November.

- Mirko Cro Cop will take on Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira later this year provided that he is victorious over Cheick Kongo at UFC 75 according to White.

White also stated that Chuck Liddell will most likely fight again in September during an interview yesterday on the Scott Ferrall Show:

“Chuck is probably going to fight again in September,” White said yesterday on the radio program. “We’re working on a big fight for him. We don’t have it done yet, but Chuck is chomping at the bit to jump back in there and fight again.“

This contradicts previous reports that had White saying that Liddell now wouldn’t be able to fight again until November.

White made clear about yet another possible matchup during an interview with The Gainesville Sun that would take place at UFC 76: Maurico Rua would make his UFC debut against Ryoto Machida.

Rua, a 205-pound Muay Thai specialist, is scheduled to start at UFC 76 on Sept. 22. White said Rua’s most likely first opponent will be Ryoto Machida (10-0), though Forrest Griffin said he would like the fight.

UFC Confirms Cro Cop vs Kongo

The UFC has officially announced that Cheick Kongo and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic will clash in a heavyweight showdown Sept. 8th at UFC 75: Champion vs. Champion in London, England.

Dana White also confirmed the match today on ESPN’s The Hotlist:

“Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ is fighting Cheick Kongo from France,” said White.  “He’s six foot four and two hundred and forty pounds – he’s huge. They are both strikers. Cheick Kongo is a very good striker and he’s good with his feet, knees and hands – it’s going to be a very interesting matchup.”

Cro Cop spoke at a recent UFC press conference saying:

““I am one of the most dangerous strikers in the world, but unfortunately, I did not prove that reputation in my last fight,” said Cro Cop.

“It was a great shock for me and I believe for all my fans and I was very disappointed.  But I am a true professional and fighting is my life so I’m training harder than ever.  And in the next fight I will be better than ever so I hope you will all be there to see it.  I am going to beat my opponent.  As I already told you, it was a shock for me and many people ask me if I am okay, if I am injured –  it didn’t look good – that my ankle twisted, that my knee was looking bad, but it’s okay now.  I have started running already, I started full training already and I am dying for my next fight.”

UFC 75: Champion vs. Champion currently features Dan “Hollywood” Henderson vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Michael Bisping vs. Matt Hamill, and of course Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Cheick Kongo.

Report: Kongo to Face Cro Cop at UFC 75

Dutch sports website Ground and Pound has posted a piece after speaking with UFC heavyweight contender Cheick Kongo where he states that he will take on Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 75.

Here is a translated snip from the article:

Rumors have been circulating for some time on the internet that Mirko Cro Cop and Cheick Kongo would meet in a European duel in England at UFC 75 in September. Kongo confirmed the rumors that he had a fight with the PRIDE Grand-Prix world champion with Ground and Pound, saying simply “It is true.”

If this turns out to be legit, this will definitely be a matchup that I’ve been wanting ever since Cro Cop stepped foot in the UFC.

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