Minotauro Nogueira makes Cro Cop an offer he can’t refuse

Minotauro Nogueira makes Cro Cop an offer he can’t refuse


This past week UFC heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was outspoken regarding his desire for a second fight with Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic.  The two men originally met back in 2003 in the now defunct Pride FC organization.  In their first meeting Nogueira was able to catch the Croatian kickboxer with an armbar at 1:45 of the second round. With Both men now in the UFC “Big Nog” says he thinks he has “An even better chance” at defeating Filipivoc.  

According to FightersOnlyMagazine, “Cro Cop” responded today via text message telling them “I heard what Nogueira said in Brazil. That would be a fight I could not refuse.”

As of last week Filipovic was reported to still be on the fence regarding his future in fighting, explaining he needs “motivation – and that means fights with big names, with the legends.”

“I am still thinking about what to do and right now I need some rest. I will talk with Lorenzo and we will see. I just need motivation right now… Since 2003, its inside of me to have a rematch with Nogueira, definitely. He is one of the true legends, a pioneer of the sport, former Pride champion and former UFC champion as well. It would be a very interesting rematch for me.”

With “Cro-Cop” expressing what sounds to be a long-standing desire for the rematch and Nogueira’s prestated interest, we just might see it materialize.  For the time being however, Mirko is currently no longer under contract with the UFC, therefore until a new deal is negotiated, nothing is for certain.

Source: Fighters Only

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  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/griffin griffin

    dam this would be a huge! match. Personally i think nogs chin is somewhat gone and cro cop will ko him via old school head kick. Herring rocked him with one, mir knocked him out and now cain…cro cop will be next

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/grapplure grapplure

      dana this is your big opportunity to make the big bucks, ill buy this

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Ninja Ninja

    This would b a sick rematch, Cro Cop almost one in the first fight but now both fighters mite be past their primes but I think they still can put on a hell of a show

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/japanegro23 japanegro23

    I always love to watch Cro Cop fights. I hope they do another deal.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/moots moots

    Would be very excited to see this fight! Make it happen

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/1878 1878

    That would be a great fight and great clas of two styles.


  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/rickjitsu rickjitsu

    awesome fight!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Prince Prince

    this would be a fight id love to see, Mir was talking about taking on Nog and Nog seemed interested, i love to see this fight and the winner take on Mir

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/wylote wylote

    Dang! I would love to see this one. Cro Cop’s ground game/defense has really improved and i coyld see an even match hear

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Rafaelroberto840 Rafaelroberto840


  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/MMAeveryDay MMAeveryDay

    Make it happen!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/sambo sambo

    I don’t care who he fights as long as he doesn’t retire.
    A rematch with Big Nog would be epic.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/travisbickle travisbickle

    I thought Big Nog vs. Frank Mir II was going down at UFC 119 along with Lil Nog vs. Ryan Bader.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/MMAJAY MMAJAY

    Yeah Big NOg vs Mir 2 is the main event for UFC 119.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/kevinowns kevinowns

    cro cop vs ben rothwell or cro cop vs gilbert yvel

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Guilherme Guilherme


  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/mmauk mmauk

    If i was in charge of Strikeforce I would do everrthing possible financially possible to sing him and convince him to fight at 205. Cro Cop is a bigger draw than 90% of their fighters if not more than that.