Pride Fighting Championships Legend Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has agreed to step up on short notice to take on former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir in fellow Pride vet Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira’s place this September at UFC 119, but “Cro Cop” recently told Croatian media that he isn’t ready for the fight.
“It is certain that I will not be able to go full force,” said “Cro Cop.” “I was left with only five weeks to prepare. I would not agree to the madness of this fight if Lorenzo Fertitta didn’t beg me to step in. They were in a difficult situation because ‘Minotauro’ could not fight, and this is my way to repay [the UFC]. This is for the whole UFC and the fans who appreciate me. Regardless of the situation and the short-term preparation, some things in life must be separated. They enabled me to have a fruitful life and I will be eternally grateful.”
Though Filipovic admits that there is no way that he will be able to reach full preparedness for his bout with Mir, he still believes that he can garner a win against the former champ and even believes that he will be able to score a knockout.
“Just this morning I had a good workout,” said the former Croatian Parliamentarian. “Perhaps the worst thing is the immediacy of the training and get tired out there. This all, of course, does not mean that I am looking for an excuse, but I certainly will not be ready. However, it still means I can lay [Frank Mir] out in the first round.”
“Cro Cop” and Mir are set to meet at the upcoming UFC 119 card which is scheduled to take place this September 25th at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. Filipovic is coming off of a recent submission win over heavyweight prospect Pat Barry while Mir is looking to rebound from a first round knockout loss to Shane Carwin.