Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (225) vs. Gabriel Gonzaga (243)
Michael Bisping (204) vs. Elvis Sinosic (205)
Andrei Arlovski (238) vs. Fabricio Werdum (233)
Lyoto Machida (199) vs. David Heath (205)
Cheick Kongo (229) vs. Assuerio Silva (241)
Alessio Sakara (204) vs. Victor Valimaki (203)
Dennis Siver (167) vs. Jess Liaudin (168)
Terry Etim (154) vs. Matt Grice (155)
David Lee (155) vs. Junior Assuncao (155)
Paul Taylor (169) vs. Ediberto Crocota (169)
“Will Cro Cop Rise To The Top?”
by Chad Frost
At UFC 67 we saw a glimpse of “that” kick & Eddie Sanchez felt its power. He announced himself, not with words but with the cracking sound of bone on flesh.
Cro – Cop made a solid debut, stalking Sanchez around the Octagon like a lion would a wounded buffalo in the Serengeti. He struck Sanchez at will and with great precision. Sanchez looked awkward & well out of his depth, but to his credit he did manage to land a few decent shots on Cro – Cop, which only seemed to ignite the Croatian.
Mirko showed great composure and focus as we have come to expect from the heavyweight contender. He was methodical in his approach as he dismantled Sanchez and claimed victory at the end of round 1 to announce his arrival in the UFC.
A controlled clinical performance sure, but is Mirko “Cro -Cop” Filipovic the next UFC Heavyweight Champion?
We may have a clearer indication after UFC 68 when Tim Sylvia will attempt to defend his title against the ever youthful Randy Couture (in his return to the UFC). Some say Sylvia’s last couple of performances, have been a little lackluster and that he may lack the desire to “finish” opponents. He will have to be at his best to defeat Couture, despite the obvious weight / height advantages, as “The Natural” is sure to be in peak condition when he steps through the gate.
Add to the mix the undefeated Brandon Vera, the ever dangerous Andre Arlovski, even Jake O’Brien who out scored returning Heath Herring and Cro – Cop might not have it all his own way. After last weekend more challengers may emerge to try and claim the scalp of the UFCs’ marquee purchase. The question is… Will the UFC really test Mirko in future bouts? Or will they provide him with a dream ride to a title showdown.
One way or the other it is sure to make for interesting viewing and his journey will be watched and debated by the ever growing legion of MMA followers. As “Big” John McCarthy would say “Let’s get it on, C’mon!!”
Written by: Chad Frost, Tuesday 6th February 2007.
UFC 67 Weigh In Photos - Dustin Hazelett, Diego Saraiva, Lyoto Machida, Sam Hoger, Frankie Edgar, Tyson Griffin, Terry Martin, Jorge Rivera, Patrick Cote, Scott Smith, Quinton Jackson, Marvin Eastman, Roger Huerta, John Halverson, Mirko Filipovic, Eddie Sanchez, Anderson Silva, Travis Lutter
UFC 67 – All or Nothing
Ultimate Fighting Championship
February 3, 2007
Mandalay Bay Events Center,
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Training six plus hours in the gym, sweating, grunting, and fighting might seem like some sort of boot camp hell for most people, but it is just another day in the office for Mirko Cro Cop. He makes it look easy in the ring, because he put in his time in hell. Cro Cop is a no-nonsense fighter and this is a no-nonsense DVD, no false pretenses, no glamour, and no interviews. You get to see the man at what he does to prepare for his fights, and that is to train hard and hone his skills and make his techniques deadly perfect.
First you see him run through his weight training routine; an intense circuit training routine which seems easy for Cro Cop at first until he is on his 5th lap around the exercises, then you see his will and heart takeover; the amount of dedication it truly takes to fight in Pride and K1 and to always stay on top like he has.
After this you see him warming up for MMA training. You see how it is a whole team effort with his training team warming up along side him, and Cro Cop as the team captain leading the way. From there its boxing and thai pad training, going from two different pad holders without any breaks, getting his accuracy just perfect to land that punch or deadly high kick which has become his signature. After all this you know Cro Cop is tired but he does not give an inch, throwing hard to the end. Then it is sparring time, training his wrestling and his kickboxing, stuffing takedowns, pummeling for underhooks, fighting out of the corner, and just out working his opponent and making them play his game.
You see what one-day of Cro Cop training is like, then you understand what it truly takes to become a champion, to be at the level he is and to make it look so easy in the ring and actually even have fun doing it. Before a sword can be lethal, it needs to go through the fires and be sharpened to deadly precision, that is what Cro Cop training is like, boot camp hell, but if you ask Cro Cop and it’s just another day in the office.
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