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Mirko Cro Cop to make his return in January?

According to an interview with the man himself, he’ll be back in January: Is CroCop back?

Mirko: CroCop is recovered, it will take a month to begin with sparrings again, although I have a special helmet for protection. The stripes are affecting my visibility so it’s not like the real thing, but the regular sparring sessions start in about a month.

I think my next fight is going to happen in January.

Interesting. The only PPV scheduled for January right now is UFC 80. At this point in time, who could Cro Cop face?

Gonzaga, Werdum, Kongo, Nogueira, and Sylvia are most likely off the list of opponents for Cro Cop’s return. You have to think Brandon Vera’s probably out for a few months with the broken hand as well. Will they give him another Eddie Sanchez type of fight? How about Andrei Arlovski?

If the UFC knows what’s good for them, they’ll give Cro Cop a striker next. They need an exciting fight out of the guy considering all the hype around him when he was first coming in. Give him a chance to do what he does best, which is kick people in the head. A fight with Arlovski, win or lose, has the possibility to be an exciting one that would get fans buzzing.

HT: Bloody Elbow