- Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (227) vs. Frank Mir (252)
- Ryan Bader (205) vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (205)
- Chris Lytle (171) vs. Matt Serra (170)
- Evan Dunham (156) vs. Sean Sherk (155)
- Melvin Guillard (155) vs. Jeremy Stephens (155)
Blurb for Main Event
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (227) vs. Frank Mir (252)
Washed up or still the man? Thats what this fight will tell us about Cro-cop, the former Pride superstar, who will have to bring it against Frank Mir
if he doesn’t want to end up with a broken limb. After “Minotauro” Nogeira had to withdraw from the rematch with Mir with an injury, Cro-cop says “Don Corleone made him an offer he couldnt refuse” and decided to take the fight on short notice.
Props to Dana White for bringing in a big name fill-in, but the question could be asked if Mirko even deserves to be considered a big name. After repeatedly kicking peoples heads off their shoulders in Pride, he has mostly looked like a shell of his former self after coming to the UFC. Too often he has looked more like a punching bag than a fighter and has seemed unable to unleash the devastating strikes that made him famous.
Mir is considered one the best Jiu-Jitsu heavy weights and despite a win by a sloppy choke over his last oppenent, Pat Berry, grappling is Mirko’s biggest weaknesses. If Mir wants to wade in and use his weight to take Mirko down, this fight could be over pretty quick. There is a chance Mir will want to display his much improved striking against one of the best. Which could set Mir up for the most vicious left leg in combat sports.
This is MMA so anything could happen, especially with the power in Cro-cops leg. But Mir talks a lot about being a smarter fighter and if thats true then we should see Mir taking Cro-cop to the mat and bending some joints the wrong way.
Mir in the first round, by submission.