In the wake of the news that UFC heavyweight fighter Shane Carwin has been forced to pull out of his scheduled UFC 125 bout with Roy Nelson due to a back injury, one can assume that the UFC are currently scrambling to find a replacement opponent for “Big Country.” Being that the fight is taking place on New Year’s, that would still give a fighter the time to mostly complete a full training camp (provided they have been staying active).
If the UFC has forgiven him for his widely panned main event performance at UFC 119, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic told Fighters Only today that he would be happy to step in for Carwin against Nelson.
“I know nothing about it, this is the first I heard of it. But it would be an interesting fight for sure,“ said Filipovic when approached by Fighters Only about the fight. “I think Roy’s style matches very well with mine, we could have a good fight. I didn’t hear anything from the UFC yet, but lets see if they call me.”
Filipovic stepped in against Frank Mir at UFC 119 this past September on short notice for an injured Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. The fight was mostly action-less, with Mir and “Cro Cop” both being more interested in chatting or stalling against the cage than actually mounting real offense. In the closing moments of the fight though, Mir landed a perfect knee to “Cro Cop’s” face that dropped the Croatian striker to the mat fast asleep. UFC President Dana White has openly expressed his ire concerning the main event and the two fighters involved, so it will be interesting to see if he offers “Cro Cop” another high-profile fight.