There is no doubt about Mirko CroCop beign one of the most popular and influential figures of the sport. CroCop will return to The Octagon, in what could be his last chance to prove he is still a relevant figure in Mixed Martial Arts. Filipovic will face a heavy-hitting IFL Champion Ben Rothwell, who also has plenty to prove following his defeat to Cain Velasquez at UFC 103.
Mirko CroCop changed his training camp, as the Croatian legend now trains in world-famous Amsterdam’s VOS Gym. CroCop's new coach is a decorated kickboxing expert Ivan Hippolyte, a man who trains Ernesto Hoost, Remy Bonjasky and Paul Daley. Mirko CroCop feels that the training camp was the toughest ever in his career, which makes him confident in his abilities:
“I was too lazy to go away to a respected team. Now, I have Hyppolyte destroying me on the pads and then I spar six minute rounds with three fresh opponents. In Amsterdam, it is a struggle of life or death. I am looking for the knockout during training, and so are my opponents. In future I will spend a full month in Amsterdam. Stand up is what I am best at but we have not neglected ground or wrestling.
Adjustment to the time difference of 10 hours is difficult, but the greater the problem will be changes in the season. Here is mostly minus temperatures and there is often over 30 degrees Celsius! And those 25 hard hours of flying? I would rather swallow a frog!”
Thirty-five year old Mirko CroCop is currently 25-7 in his illustrious Mixed Martial Arts career. Many people doubt the abilities of the legendary head-kick knockout machine to perform at his full talent, and suggest that CroCop is too small for modern Heavyweights (225lb). Mirko CroCop Filipovic and Ben Rothwell will square-off at the main card opener of UFC 110 in Australia, on February 20th.