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Rothwell Out, Perosh In Against Cro Cop; Sinosic/Haseman Scrapped Altogether

(The best part about this Anthony Perosh highlight video?  It’s set to Mötley Crüe’s "Kickstart My Heart.")

Welcome to Bummertown, Potato Nation. informs us that Ben Rothwell has been pulled from his heavyweight clash with Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic at UFC 110 with an undisclosed illness, and in his place will be Australian local boy Anthony "The Hippo" Perosh.  As if one late change wasn’t enough to disappoint the sold-out crowd, the rematch between Elvis Sinosic and Chris Haseman, which was only interesting to Australians to begin with, has been removed from the card completely after Sinosic suffered a shoulder injury. 

But chances are you don’t really care about that.  Chances are you’re wondering, who the hell is Anthony Perosh, and does he have any shot in hell of beating Cro Cop on a few days’ notice?  The answers to those questions, in order, are 1) He’s a 37 year-old jiu-jitsu black belt who is 10-5 with losses in the UFC to notable fighters such as Jeff Monson and Christian Wellisch and wins over no one you’ve ever heard of, and 2) no, probably not. 

Perosh is homeboys with Sinosic (though who isn’t in the Australian MMA scene?), and he appears to be a natural 205-pounder.  His most recent outing saw him win a rare TKO victory over Kym Robinson in November, and before that he went down to a nasty knockout at the hands of James Te Huna in the finals of the Cage Fighting Championships light heavyweight tournament.  This is the point where we say that in MMA anything can happen and blah, blah, blah, but odds are that this guy is headed for the land of wind and ghosts this weekend.  Don’t believe us?  Watch the Perosh-Te Huna fight after the jump.  Then imagine that Te Huna is a heavyweight who once did this kind of stuff to people.  Prognosis: negative.


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Jesus Tapped- February 19, 2010 at 11:13 am
I wonder if perosh will even bother throwing a punch.
His striking is utterly useless.
agentsmith- February 19, 2010 at 6:39 am
Okay, NOW it's gonna be "vintage Cro-Cop"... as in smashing cans.
mmaniac22- February 19, 2010 at 6:07 am
Shit I wanted CRO COP in a real fight
DailyMMA- February 19, 2010 at 6:00 am
lol, okay - now that's a joke I can laugh at :-)

By the way expect a high bullet in the head suicide rate in Australia when Goldberg hooks into his commentary on the weekend.

I am already curling up and dying on the inside just imagining the spectacular wonders he is going to spin with "Down under", "GAH DAY Mates" and "Prawn on the Barbie".


Anyway, looking fwd to seeing Silva and Big Nog fight.
Anvil- February 19, 2010 at 5:55 am
The Hippo? One of the all-time worst nick names in mma history. Crocop high likely to own fastest knockout in UFC history after this one.
rlh61- February 19, 2010 at 5:44 am

That's a pretty funny comment about Goldie. Can you imagine the Strikeforce crew calling an event in Austrailia?? Good lord, the potential cliches and metaphors would make me want to add one more to the 'bullet in the head' statistic. On the upside, there's no way Frank Shamrock makes it out of Austrailia alive.


I'll bet a 205 lb. kangaroo would kick the shit out of CC...and every other fighter in MMA. A koala bear seems like a more appropriate comparison. Just sayin...
AussieJosh- February 19, 2010 at 2:49 am
cecils_pupils- February 19, 2010 at 12:25 am
Okay DailyMMA. As lame as it is, here you go:

What do you call a brain-dead Australian: a vegemate.
DailyMMA- February 18, 2010 at 11:53 pm
Sooo there is a reason that UFC sold out in an hour here. We have actually been watching UFC since it began, and on real color TVs too!

I mention this because guess what, Australians don't give a shit about Sinosic vs Haseman either, or Perosh.

We cringe just like everyone else each time those guys get into the cage and get battered into a bloody nothingness.

Oh and btw, Aussie jokes are fair game, but can't you guys get some originality?

After 200 years of convict jokes it gets a bit old. "Gday mate", "Outback" and Steve Irwin jokes have been done to death.

Think of something new can ya?

CheckHisPee- February 18, 2010 at 11:15 pm
Perosh highlights? Not impressed. Tiny Blue(midget pimp) would whip either of the Foki twins, and it didn't look like any of his opponents could get or maintain 1/8 guard on an octopus.
Carl Sagan- February 18, 2010 at 11:07 pm
CC gets a nice can. What a shame, I was excited for the fight with Rothwell.
failingev0lution- February 18, 2010 at 10:41 pm
"and in his place will be Octagon newcomer and Australian local boy Anthony "The Hippo" Perosh."

um, he's fought in the UFC twice. and lost. twice. so good news for mirco. let's hope he retire's with his knockout of the night pay before the next horsemeat feeder comes along and knees his junk into mush. (see his NC Dream fight with overeem). tomorrow night will be the final installment of the trademark go go gadget head kick!
Organ Donor- February 18, 2010 at 9:59 pm
Watching Mirco's head kicks is like watching a superhero cartoon.

Watching Perosh's leg kicks is kind of like watching a girl throwing a baseball.

LastEmperor- February 18, 2010 at 9:02 pm
Miiiirkoooo croooooooo coppp eh!

ghostboner- February 18, 2010 at 8:31 pm
So, CP, I wanted to make a substantial bet on Perosh but I still have not received the 155 chips from the survey I took 2 days ago. How do I get my gosh damn potato cash???
mma samurai- February 18, 2010 at 8:28 pm
Wow that says something about how worthless and undesireable you are to the UFC when they scrap a fight pitting two Aussies against each other on a card taking place in AUSTRALIA!!! Dana seriously just give these guys their walking papers already. Cro Cop needs to pull a russian from Rocky 4 and just straight stare the guy down and say "Now I will break you". Granted I know I'm not the first to ever have that thought but seriously it would be pretty sweet
KidDinomite- February 18, 2010 at 8:02 pm
Ne biti poplaĊĦen, homey - What Cro Cop should say to his new opponent.
dragoman- February 18, 2010 at 7:58 pm
Guess Strikeforce isn't the only the organization to lob cans at their big-money draws. MEH.
AndyInflammatory- February 18, 2010 at 7:20 pm
If by "homeboys" you mean co-owners of the Sinosic/Perosh MMA school in Concorde NSW, then yeah, they tight
fiveforfive- February 18, 2010 at 7:13 pm
when are you going to update fightpicker, and how can i bet all my chips on perosh
LockDown- February 18, 2010 at 7:06 pm
Perosh is no newcomer, he has already fought in the UFC Octagon.
Dude, Aussie boys should be very disappointed lol.
robthom- February 18, 2010 at 6:55 pm
Boring vs Boring and boring boring!

Is it just me?

Am I being too demanding?

ThatLastPunch- February 18, 2010 at 6:30 pm
We're all on board that Cro Cop will probably win. But, how crushing would it be to his career if he were to lose. And, if he did..considering what it means in terms of his "decline", would it really be that big a win for Perosh?
Justin- February 18, 2010 at 6:29 pm
So how is this going to effect the pools I'm in the fightpicker?
El Guapo- February 18, 2010 at 6:24 pm
Cro Cop's fighting THAT guy? Crikey!

Steve Irwin (RIP)voice... "He's a beeeeauty! A six foota he is. Gotta be extra cayful 'round hees type. If he gets ye in a strangle hold WHAP! He'll squeeze n squeeze till there's no air left in ye lungs and swallow you down whole!"