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Cro Cop Says He’s Fighting Roy Nelson at UFC 137 in October


(“…I’ve also been tanning regularly.”)

Well, it looks like Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic will get one more fight in the UFC. The 36-year-old heavyweight who suffered back-to-back knockouts in his last two fights announced on a live video chat on the Croation sports website Gol.hr this week that he will finish out his UFC contract in Las Vegas on October 29 when he takes on The Ultimate Fighter 10 winner Roy Nelson.

“I’ve had no contact with Dana White and have not re-negotiated with the UFC. I agreed to my next fight and that’s it,” Filipovic explained. “I can now exclusively confirm that I will fight my last UFC fight October 29 in Las Vegas against Roy Nelson.”

The bout is a win or go home match-up for both fighters.

Nelson is 0-2 in his last two outings after losing to Junior dos Santos and Frank Mir — both via decision. Although he has faced tougher competition than Cro Cop the past two years, that fact likely won’t save him from the chopping block if his third loss in a row comes from an aging veteran who UFC president Dana White was calling to retire after his last KO loss against Brendan Schaub — a fighter Nelson knocked out in the first round at the TUF 10 finale.

Filipovic has long been hampered by a knee injury that surgery a few years back did not completely repair, but says that an experimental procedure he underwent recently combined with twice-weekly physiotherapy sessions has him feeling confident he will be 100 percent for his fight with Nelson.

“We will see in the next fight. I am happy that I managed to rehabilitate my injury. I received a few injections to the knee. It is an unpleasant procedure. They take your blood and separate parts of it using a a centrifuge and then inject [the plasma rich platelets] into the knee to stimulate cartilage regeneration,” he explains. “This knee was destroyed, but I managed to repair it. I felt terrible pain, and now twice a week I’m doing exercises with physiotherapy. ”

UFC 137 also features a main event welterweight championship bout between Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz as well as a featherweight tilt between George Roop and highly-touted UFC newcomer Hatsu Hioki.

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PilmariG- January 11, 2012 at 3:03 am
I am pretty much excited about the fight. That is gonna be a killer and a must follow match. I am sticking.
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Crazy Croat- July 14, 2011 at 6:13 am
mirko also responded to chael sonnen by saying "he tries to insult everyone famous that acheived something in this sport so that he could have a little bit of fame himself but he should know that he will never be as famous as fedor,minotauro,silva,wanderlei or myself
boober- July 13, 2011 at 6:06 pm
nelson via sucking on crocops crazy nipples
indiana- July 13, 2011 at 12:59 pm
I would rather see him fight someone who has less powerful hands.
Fedor Penn- July 13, 2011 at 11:48 am
Long live Cro Cop! Best heavyweight striker ever!
Machiavelli- July 13, 2011 at 10:47 am
Nelson's only chance to compete in the UFC is to drop down to 205. He may knock Cro Cop out, but that doesn't seem to difficult anymore.
BONGTAR- July 13, 2011 at 10:38 am
Cro Cop should slather himself in a light bechamel sauce, garnished with Swedish meatballs and tons of melted cheese. Roy's confusion level would shoot through the roof long enough for Cro Cop to land a devastating left head kick to the already bewildered Nelson, who upon waking up, would ask for seconds
mDino- July 13, 2011 at 10:31 am
i bet if roy gets him in the crucifix position crocop will tap due to the unwholly smell of bacon and monterey jack cheese from all the KFC doubledowns roy nelson has been gobbling
mDino- July 13, 2011 at 10:30 am
if roy wants to eventually make it to 205 he can start cutting down now, crocop is a small hw
ExpectJesusBro- July 13, 2011 at 10:22 am
Right leg, KFC, left leg, Dennys.
newaza01- July 13, 2011 at 10:09 am
Roy will submit him. In 3rd. Then Roy will shot his pants.
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- July 13, 2011 at 9:51 am
I can't wait to the see the waves of fat that will ripple through Roy Nelson as he is body kicked through the cage wall
El Famous Burrito- July 13, 2011 at 9:49 am
I've been on that. They bring one to the carnival every year.
Fried Taco- July 13, 2011 at 9:41 am
That new procedure is better than the old one, where they hooked your whole body up to a centrifuge machine and spun you around until all the bad stuff left your body.
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