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UFC 110 Gets Weirder: Cro Cop Cut in Sparring? Perosh Ambivalent? Everything in Australia Upside Down?

(You take all these precautions in training, and still something bad happens. C’est la vie, old buddy.)

Some ideas are such obviously bad ideas that watching them being methodically put into action is like watching a car crash in slow motion. Certain marriages are like that, as are most of the movies Kevin Smith has made in the last ten years. Now it’s starting to look like the Mirko Filipovic/Anthony Perosh bout at UFC 110 might become MMA’s version of “Jersey Girl.” Only unlike “Jersey Girl” we will all end up watching it.

In the most recent development, a Croation website that looks like a bunch of squiggly lines to us (but apparently makes sense to someone at Fighters Only) is reporting that Cro Cop suffered a cut over his eye in a late sparring session and had to receive several stitches. This doesn’t mean the fight is off, however. Cro Cop reportedly refused to pull out and “let weeks of hard preparation go to waste.” Since there’s no athletic commission to act as the irrefutable voice of reason in this instance, and since the UFC has already demonstrated a willingness to make this fight happen no matter how crazy it becomes, it looks like all systems are still go.

But what about Anthony “The Hippo” Perosh, anyway? What’s going through his head right about now?

According to what he told, the answer is a lot of conflicting feelings. When he first got the call from Joe Silva, Perosh said, he was 215 pounds and not preparing for any fights in the immediate future. The UFC offered him the chance to replace Ben Rothwell and make a third UFC appearance after losing his first two back in 2006, and he actually said no at first. So what prompted his change of heart?

“I then went and watched yesterday’s (Thursday) press conference and listened to the comment Dana White made about how many fighters actually turn down opportunities. That just made me realise what a big chance this was. How could I turn down the opportunity to fight on the main card at UFC 110 against one of the best guys in the world? Not only that, the fight takes place on the UFC’s first ever show in Australia. I quickly called Joe Silva back and said, ‘yeah – I’ll do it’.”

That’s right, an inspiring speech from Dana White convinced him to take the fight. We’ll just say it now and then leave it alone, but depending on how this thing turns out it might be remembered as the moment DW’s fiery rhetoric turned a man’s life around, or the moment White’s self-serving platitudes finally got someone killed. The jury’s still out.

The good news for Perosh is that at least now he has a game plan: open up Cro Cop’s cut and then hold on and hope for the best. If Filipovic really is sporting fresh stitches over his eye, it shouldn’t be too hard.  If the whole thing turns out to be an elaborate ruse perpetrated by unscrupulous Croatians, he’s in big, big trouble.


  1. El Famous Burrito Says:

    Fri, 02/19/10 - 07:46

    Bullshit. Cro Cop got cut either playing Knifey-Spooney, or opening up one of those giant cans of Foster's.
  2. Wrye Bash Says:

    Fri, 02/19/10 - 07:48

    SPOILER ALERT!!! Cro Cop is going to win.
  3. skeletor Says:

    Fri, 02/19/10 - 07:50

    that's great, so are you guys doing anything about fightpicker? Or just acting like nothing has changed as your predictions that were posted earlier and then promptly taken down indicated? Also even a mediocre Crocop should be able kick the shit out of Perosh.
  4. bfowlkes Says:

    Fri, 02/19/10 - 07:52

    @skeletor: We're on it, but this stuff takes a minute to change. Don't freak out just yet.
  5. BuckWild Says:

    Fri, 02/19/10 - 07:59

    I want to be a millionaire. I got $1 on Perosh !
  6. skeletor Says:

    Fri, 02/19/10 - 08:07

    I fugures you were fixing it, I was really just bustin balls. But seriously hurry up.
  7. SlapNuts Says:

    Fri, 02/19/10 - 08:09

    There must be some bad dudes at that gym or they are expecting the Diaz brothers to train that day.
  8. Viva Hate Says:

    Fri, 02/19/10 - 08:11

    I am ready for UFC 110,got me some giant beers, some shrimp on the barbie, a giant knife, my official Elvis Sinosic fight shirt. Now lets hope Cro Cop comes out and destroys some poor bastards cranium.
  9. Terminator Says:

    Fri, 02/19/10 - 08:22

    LMAO, I am like LMAO cause I forced CagePotato to take down one of their articles, cause I like totaly exposed them for being retarts, you guys.
  10. BoJimbo Spice Says:

    Fri, 02/19/10 - 08:29

    Put crocop in with a croc.
  11. WarpedAcorn Says:

    Fri, 02/19/10 - 08:43

    I like the idea someone else posted of CroCop vs. a Boxing Kangaroo.
  12. fiveforfive Says:

    Fri, 02/19/10 - 08:53

    This will be reflected on your wikipedia
  13. BrandonTheTruth Says:

    Fri, 02/19/10 - 08:55

    @terminator - what is a retart?
  14. Jokulgoblin Says:

    Fri, 02/19/10 - 09:05

    I'm going to start using "Your a retart!" for troll-bait. Watch out, internet. Also, Cro Cop vs. a tribe of pygmy aborigines. Make it happen.
  15. Terminator Says:

    Fri, 02/19/10 - 09:18

    @ brandonthetruth, you are.
  16. Terminator Says:

    Fri, 02/19/10 - 09:19

    Leonardo DiCapprio dies at the end, the whole prison was in his head. Ending to Shutter Island. LMAO i am like LMAO
  17. mthomas Says:

    Fri, 02/19/10 - 09:23

    This is getting fucking ridiculous. The fact that the UFC is willing to let this utterly non-competitive match happen and let Cro-Cop fight with fresh stitches is laughable. An athletic commission would NEVER have approved this fight, especially now. I laughed my ass off @ the whole "Fiery rhetoric/self-serving platitude" thing.... This is some full-on Strikeforce shit right here. And I'm STILL just heartbroken about the Sinosic/Haseman fight being cancelled. Fight of the year, gone, just like that....
  18. macreadysshack Says:

    Fri, 02/19/10 - 09:23

    Terminator, I couldn't wait to see that movie. Now it's all just . . . Over.
  19. rlh61 Says:

    Fri, 02/19/10 - 09:26

    @BrandonTheTruth You know, it's when you eat a poptart and it doesn't go down well...then it comes back up. Then the question is 'to retart, or not to retart'... I see my dog do it all the time.
  20. mthomas Says:

    Fri, 02/19/10 - 09:26

    I can only imagine the stream of F-bombs and obscenities spewing from Dana’s mouth as he gets more and more bad news concerning this card. I’d hate to be around the guy right now.
  21. Terminator Says:

    Fri, 02/19/10 - 09:27

    K, so Teddy is actually the guy he's been chasing his entire life, since his wife died. He's convinced the guy's the killer, when actually the guy doesn't exist. Teddy himself is the killer, and Teddy Daniels (his name) is actually the name of his alter ego. The doctor, Chuck and the staff on Shutter Island are actually acting out so Teddy faces the truth that he killed his wife Dolores and Teddy has to admit that because if he doesn't, if he stays delusional, he will be sent to shock therapy and Chuck and doctor don't want that. Chuck is actually a doctor, too, and he plays the marshal according to Teddy's imagination.
  22. Scott Says:

    Fri, 02/19/10 - 09:30

    FYI guys FIGHTPICKER has been updated. Two changes have been made: Cro Cop vs. Perosh (with Perosh replacing Rothwell) Chris Lytle vs. Brian Foster is replacing Sinosic vs Haseman since that fight got scrapped. Please make the necessary changes to your pool before 11 pm PST.
  23. Viva Hate Says:

    Fri, 02/19/10 - 09:32

    Since we are playing movie spoilers, anyone who wanted to see the new wolfman movie, save a few bucks rent Teen Wolf and throw some fake blood on your tv screen.
  24. Old_Bald_and_Irish Says:

    Fri, 02/19/10 - 09:37

    "@terminator - what is a retart?" It's like a PopTart, except after you eat one, you want another.
  25. Terminator Says:

    Fri, 02/19/10 - 09:37

    @ Viva, you ass. I wanted to see that.
  26. Viva Hate Says:

    Fri, 02/19/10 - 09:54

    @Termintaor, Your welcome, I saved you $11.
  27. agentsmith Says:

    Fri, 02/19/10 - 10:16

    Hey now, "Jersey Girl" may have been shit, but "Zack & Miri" was pretty damn funny.
  28. El Guapo Says:

    Fri, 02/19/10 - 11:58

    rlh61... LMAO That was comedy!
  29. Robocop Didnt Tap Says:

    Fri, 02/19/10 - 12:33

    I was hoping to see Crocop vs. Paul Hogan. "That's not a high kick. *thwack* That's a high kick." lulz @ Terminator ruining the ending of Shutter Island too
  30. macreadysshack Says:

    Fri, 02/19/10 - 12:50

    Spoiler alert . . . Your mom has a tight ass. Just saved you $11.
  31. Uppercut Says:

    Fri, 02/19/10 - 01:00

    Whats going through the Hippo's head right now? Who the fuck knows. But come fight time I'm betting it will be Crocops left foot.
  32. provrorsbarn Says:

    Fri, 02/19/10 - 02:17

    Dunno if its true (probably not, cuz croatian sites talk alot of bs)...but the article says also that the fight was offered to Randy Couture and Rampage Jackson after Rothwell pulled out...but they both declined cuz of lack of preparation.....(that made me doubt the article)
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