I used to be a huge fan of Mirko Filipovic. Many people will not recognize his last name, so for those of you out there, that's Mirko “Cro Cop.”
I recently wrote an article about why Mirko’s bout at UFC 110 would be his last fight ever. In the article, I picked Ben Rothwell to beat Mirko in a battle of attrition because I felt Cro Cop couldn’t pull the trigger anymore.
I mentioned that Mirko is not the same fighter that I used to look forward to; I even went as far to say that I wasn’t excited to see him fight anymore!
Then the biggest thing that could have happened to his fading career did: Rothwell had to pull out of his fight. It was mentioned that some big names such as Randy Couture and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson had been offered the fight but turned it down due to the short notice. They would have been fighting on a day and a half’s notice after all.
In steps Anthony Perosh. Believe me, this was a dangerous fight for “Cro Cop.”
First of all, what some people may not know (chances are that if you’re reading this, you do) is that Mirko “Cro Cop” sustained an injury just days before the fight. He had to get stitches for a cut over his eye.
If Perosh could have even scraped this cut, there’s no telling how much blood would have poured out. If it blinded Mirko for even one second, he could have been hit with a punch he never saw coming, and that would have ruined any chance of Mirko fighting again. Anthony Perosh would have shocked the world because no one gave him a chance!
Mirko “Cro Cop” went on to give the audience in Australia a show! He battered and bloodied a weaker, smaller, and inferior fighter from beginning to end.
I cannot for the life of me figure out why the fight was not stopped, especially when the blood started flowing after the elbow to Perosh’s head. Anthony Perosh was easily outclassed in this fight, and it was a chance for the fight to be stopped with no more damage. In such cases, you must protect the fighter’s safety.
Despite the great performance, many have been quick to criticize Mirko for not finishing off Perosh when he had the chance to. Many have claimed he was still slow and tentative. According to Fighters Only magazine , Mirko took it easy on Perosh. He felt sorry for hurting Perosh and did not even attempt to go to the ground to test his skills because he was so much bigger then Perosh!
I, for one, was impressed with his performance on Saturday night because he really had everything to lose, yet nothing to gain out of this fight. Yet he came out of this fight respectful of his opponent and gained more respect out of this fan.
One thing is for sure: I am now excited to see where he goes from here. I’m hoping to see a match with Ben Rothwell or Pat Barry.
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