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Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Ben Rothwell at UFC 111?

ben rothwellA heavyweight battle between Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and Ben Rothwell appears as if it may be in the works for UFC 111.

A report has recently surfaced on the extremely popular mixed martial arts forum, The Underground, stating that the two are expected to face off in Australia.

The only card rumored for Australia in the near future would be UFC 111, expected to take place in Sydney during February of 2010, with a possible bout between Wanderlei Silva and Yoshihiro Akiyama already confirmed through both fighters. has since been able to contact parties close to the situation, who were unable to provide any comment on the possibility of the match-up.

Rothwell is fresh off of a second round TKO defeat at the hands of Cain Velasquez during UFC 104, which ended somewhat controversially after referee Steve Mazagatti waved the contest of as “Big” Ben was attempting to climb back to his feet while absorbing punishment. Just prior to the loss Rothwell stopped Chris Guillen via TKO during Adrenaline MMA 2 following a knockout defeat to Andrei Arlovski that came on the heels of thirteen consecutive victories for the heavy handed brawler out of Iowa.

Cro Cop would be looking to get his mixed martial arts career back on track following an embarresing verbal submission to Junior dos Santos following a punch at UFC 103. Prior to his most recent loss, Filipovic strung together back to back wins over the likes of Mustapha Al-Turk and Hong Man Choi.

  • 27jride says:

    I can’t find any way to visualize this fight being exciting in any way. Rothwell goes after Cro Cop until one of two things happen……… Rothwell frustrates Cro Cop and he just basically quits ..OR of course, the left kick connects but I highly doubt that.

  • xtreme_machine says:


    I would have also taken

    mircro vs buentello

    mircro vs tod duffe

  • BigDave says:

    Please tell me this will be on the undercard because this is a fight I want to miss.

  • jding3 says:

    This could be an interesting fight depending what Mirko shows up.

  • Rich S. says:

    I actually think Mirko would take a TKO win here..

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    If Mirko turns up he may win but the guy that has been impersonating him in his last few fights will be lackluster to say the least.

  • bigbadjohn says:

    i don’t see this fight ending before the final bell. i dont see myself being too excited for this one either.

  • dpk says:

    Pretty much a high profile Loser leaves town match. I honestly thought Cro Cop was done, and retired after his last fight, so this will be interesting.

    Rothwell via UD.

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Golden Boy strikes again!

  • GassedOut says:

    Rich S.: I actually think Mirko would take a TKO win here..

    Yep, if the old Mirko shows up. You know, “right leg, hospital…left leg, cemetary.” That guy.

  • joe mo mma says:

    love mirko.. but i dont know how much more of the punch and push tactics i can take from him..

  • WarCry says:

    Its really sad. Mirko is a beaten man. There’s no glory for him. As overrated as Rothwell is i can’t see him being defeated by this Cro Cop. Its all about paydays for Mirko and the sizzle his name carries is all but gone.

  • neijia says:

    agree with warcry and others. “right kick hospital, left kick cemetery” Cro Cop is gone forever, unfortunately. let those memories live on in Pride fans’ minds, and move on …


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