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Quick Hits: Cro Cop, Fedor, the Colossus + More

(In Russia, knee blows out *you*!)

— Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has pulled out of DREAM.5 (July 21st; Osaka, Japan) due to nagging injuries to his elbow and knee, as well as an absence of opponents; Mighty Mo Siligia, who was slated to replace Jerome LeBanner against Filipovic, recently withdrew from the event. Cro Cop expects to be ready to compete at DREAM.6 on September 23rd. “I would really like to fight Alistair Overeem, we all know why and I won’t let it go,” Filipovic said. “My career is far from being over, I’ll be fighting some strong competitors soon again and hopefully I’ll meet Fedor in the ring once more in 2009.”

— Speaking of Fedor, Michael Bisping claims that the Last Emperor will be going into his July 19th Affliction fight against Tim Sylvia less than 100%. “It’s going to be good to see if Fedor is still the man but I’ve heard on the grapevine from inside sources that he could be injured,” Bisping told The Sun. “But this is time for Fedor to step up. Everyone knows what Tim Sylvia is all about but Fedor’s had an aura about him for a long time.”

— James Thompson’s back-to-back losses in EliteXC (against Brett Rogers and Kimbo Slice) were enough to get him bounced from the league, at least temporarily. His next fight will be against Steve Bosse for Canada’s TKO Championship Fighting; the match is slated to go down October 3rd at Montreal’s Bell Centre. Bosse, who also plays professional hockey in the North American Hockey League, holds a 3-1 MMA record and is coming off a submission victory over Wes Sims at TKO 34 last month. The October 3rd TKO event is also rumored to feature IFL lightweight standout Chris Horodecki.

Frank Trigg has signed a non-exclusive three-fight deal with World Victory Road, and has agreed to make his debut with the organization at Sengoku 4 on August 24th, against an opponent to be named later. The 37-year-old fighter hasn’t competed since his submission victory over Edwin Dewees at HDNet Fights: Reckless Abandon last December. WVR is reportedly planning a middleweight tournament for next year that would include Trigg as well as Kazuo Misaki, who Trigg defeated at PRIDE 33.

— WEC featherweight Alexandre Nogueira has joined such MMA luminaries as Stephan Bonnar, Kit Cope, and Phil Baroni by catching a suspension for testing positive for the anabolic agent Boldenone. Nogueira pissed dirty after his WEC 34 loss to Jose Aldo last month, and will be suspended until May 31, 2009, and fined $2,500.

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Bootylam!- July 12, 2008 at 8:02 pm
Remember when getting "Cro Copped" meant receiving a head kick from him, not folding like a paper fan from getting knocked out by one like him? Loved him in PRIDE
but it looks more and more like the rumors of guys lying down for him may be true because why does he suck so hard now? Kongo? COME ON!
Boneman- July 8, 2008 at 1:34 pm
Have any of you MMA editors seen or heard anything about how Fedor is currently training...?...I'm curious to see who is sparring/rolling with to get ready for this bout...?
stillhere- July 8, 2008 at 3:25 am
sad thing is no one will remember the fedor of old...only what happens in this next fight.
grant- July 8, 2008 at 12:06 am
you may indeed have OCD. i hope fedor comes in there and dominates hard. i want to see this guy tear it up like the old days.
Phil Magroin- July 7, 2008 at 7:23 pm
Just so there are no misunderstandings on where i stand;
1 I don't like Sylvia but I think he has a chance.
2 i don't think fedor is pound 4 pound the best. good but not the best.
3 I think if Sylvia does not KO fedor he will lose
4 I think that if Fedor wins it will be by submission.
5 Sylvia knocks people out with those short choppy punches, they're hard to defend
6 This is the second time I made a list and numbered it, do I have OCD?
Old, Bald and Irish- July 7, 2008 at 6:57 pm
@ Phil Magroin:

Say what you will about Sylvia, but I must admit, for him being as freakishly large as he is, Sylvia's got some pretty good cardio. He can, and lately, usually does go the full 5 rounds. Go back and watch the match with him and Nog. Nog was really gassed and Sylvia still had some "pep" in him. If Sylvia had brushed up on his submissions, he would have had that fight at three different points. Classic case of not making the sale...

...and Nog's got good defense.

..."pep"...that's an "old guy" kinda word...maybe with luck, Gina will throw me down a pyramid...
Phil Magroin- July 7, 2008 at 6:50 pm
Not in particular, crocop has those sick kicks and herring, well he's dangerous anywhere(and I feel underrated). Sylvia has those quirky punches that knock people out and you're left wondering just what exactly happened. Fedor by submission as soon as Tim "Spare Tire" Sylvia gases. But if he were to KO Fedor that would be just my luck.
Boneman- July 7, 2008 at 5:28 pm
@ Phil Magroin

Sylvia has the power to knock the guy out. ??....I doubt it...

It's not like Fedor wasn't punched & kicked in the head before....

Crocop, Herring, Hunt etc.....Have all connected squarely on Fedors melon....

RU saying Sylvia hits harder then them...?
Smart MMA Guy- July 7, 2008 at 2:52 pm
Exactly!!! Buy Affliction Banned and Tivo the free UFC so Dana White doesn't get the ratings!!!

On the flip side, I haven't ordered a UFC pay per view in like over a year, but I did jump on Rampage vs. Forrest. I enjoyed it, but hopefully not as much as I will enjoy Fedor vs. Sylvia.

The only reason Dana White is bringing back Jesse Taylor is because he knows people might tune in just to see him piss himself, possibly taking away a viewer or two from the Affliction card. He's trying to ride off Taylor's controversy, plain and simple. Dana realized after he let Taylor go how much people love to watch douchebags make complete fools of themselves.
Old, Bald and Irish- July 7, 2008 at 2:29 pm

I'm skeptical too of Bisping's comments. I think it's probably pretty rare that a fighter goes in the ring at "100%".

"90%" Fedor will still mess you up....
Phil Magroin- July 7, 2008 at 2:13 pm
Fedor's camp is really taking a risk fighting Tim Sylvia. Sylvia has the power to knock the guy out. If Fedor loses to Sylvia he might just as well retire. If he were to lose to Randy then his career would be just fine. now it's rumored that he isn't 100% going into it. I am actually thinking about buying the fight and Tivoing the UFC show.
Rob- July 7, 2008 at 2:09 pm
hmmm, a career UFC guy says that the biggest star on an upcoming rival's card is injured according to an "inside source"... somthing smells off a bit there.