(The best part about this Anthony Perosh highlight video? It’s set to Mötley Crüe’s "Kickstart My Heart.")
Welcome to Bummertown, Potato Nation. UFC.com 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.