Fighting on just two days notice, two-time UFC fighter Anthony Perosh tells UFC.com that he’s ready to return to the Octagon on Saturday at UFC 110 in his native Australia and face the toughest test of his career in Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic:
“I actually said ‘no’ originally. I look up to Cro Cop and he’s a fellow Croatian. My parents are Croatian and I’ve actually been training the other Croatians appearing on this UFC 110 card. I then went and watched yesterday’s (Thursday) press conference and listened to the comment Dana White made about how many fighters actually turn down opportunities. That just made me realise what a big chance this was. How could I turn down the opportunity to fight on the main card at UFC 110 against one of the best guys in the world? Not only that, the fight takes place on the UFC’s first ever show in Australia. I quickly called Joe Silva back and said, ‘yeah – I’ll do it’.
“My last seven fights have taken place at light heavyweight. I’ve actually been cutting a bit of weight recently, as I thought there was the chance I may step in for Elvis to fight Chris Haseman.. I’ll probably walk into the ring at around 220-pounds. I’m comfortable at this weight and not worried about my shape or fitness. I’m ready to fight now.
“He’s definitely the biggest name I’ve ever fought…It’s no secret that I’m going to try and take him down, ground-and-pound him and then choke him out. I believe I have the ground skills to do this.”