As expected, the UFC has confirmed that veteran Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic will replace an injured Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and face former champ Frank Mir in the main event of UFC 119 on September 25 in Indianapolis.
Cro Cop says he won’t be 100 percent for the short-notice matchup, but was the UFC’s only option and couldn’t disappoint fans.
“I am aware that I am not going to be 100 percent for this fight because in this sport five weeks notice is basically last minute notice,” Cro Cop recently said (via Fighters Only). “But I know the UFC had no other solution and so I could not refuse the owner of the UFC, who has made me financially secure, or the UFC fans, who I do not want to disappoint.”
The UFC 119 fight card is co-headlined by Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Ryan Bader and also includes Chris Lytle vs. Matt Serra and Evan Dunham vs. Sean Sherk.
Pictured: Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic