The Ultimate Fighting Championship is expected to introduce Croatian heavyweight Mirko Filipovic as its newest acquisition during the Dec. 30 UFC 66 pay-per-view card, Sherdog.com learned Wednesday afternoon.
A star in the competitive PRIDE Fighting Championships' heavyweight division from Nov. 2001 through Sept. 2006 when "Cro Cop" captured PRIDE's Open-Weight Grand Prix crown Filipovic is slated to make his Octagon debut against North County Fight Club's Eddie Sanchez, a source close to Sanchez said.
Widely recognized as the best heavyweight mixed martial artist in the world behind Russian Fedor Emelianenko (Pictures), "Cro Cop" has amassed in impressive 21-4-2 record, including recent triumphs over Wanderlei Silva (Pictures) and Josh Barnett (Pictures) in the GP to cap off his Fighter of the Year-caliber performance.
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Probably the biggest signing by the UFC in the TUF era if true. The UFC gets the #2 heavyweight in the world and someone that brings legitimacy to their Heavyweight division. MMA fans will no doubt be pissed that the rematch with Fedor in PRIDE isn't going to happen this year, but when Crocop beats Sylvia and becomes the new UFC champ, I'm hoping they can work out a cross-promotional title fight. Crocop v Fedor for both titles? Fight of the century!!!!
The UFC also worked out a deal for Rampage Jackson which probably makes him Liddell's next opponent regardless of whether Tito wins tomorrow or not. So far it looks like it's going to be a huge year for MMA fans.