In the not-too-distant past, there weren’t many things MMA fans desired to see more than their favorite UFC competitors matched up against stars of Japan’s PRIDE organization. Fast-forward to August 2010 and enthusiasts of the sport have had an opportunity to see a few of those “dream” fights take place. At UFC 119, though put in temporary jeopardy by an unfortunate injury suffered by Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira in preparation for the show, another one of those iconic pairings will take place.
According to Fighters Only Magazine, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has been named as Nogueira’s replacement and will take on former UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir in Indianapolis at the September 25th event. Filipovic has won back-to-back fights in the Octagon and most recently choked out Pat Barry at UFC 115 last June. The 27-7-2 Croatian kickboxer has knocked out twenty of the opponents he’s beaten and should provide a solid test for the jiujitsu-based Mir on the mat as well.
Comparably, Mir will be looking to get back on the winning track against “Cro Cop” after being knocked out by Shane Carwin at UFC 111. He is 12-5 in his career with notable wins over Cheick Kongo, Tim Sylvia, Brock Lesnar, and the aforementioned “Minotauro” Nogueira.