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Mirko Cro Cop Eyes February UFC Return, Says 2011 Will Be His Year

Mirko Cro Cop FilipovicHeavyweight veteran Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic is ready to return to UFC action in February after recovering from a last-minute knockout to Frank Mir in September that ended their lackluster UFC 119 headliner.

“Finally, I should be okay now,” Cro Cop said in a video on his official website. “I invested a lot in training and therapy and I think 2011 will be my year, better than 2006 [when he won PRIDE’s open weight grand prix with wins over Wanderlei Silva and Josh Barnett].

“I have two options for February. Which one it will be I don’t know, but for sure I will be fighting that month.”

The UFC’s February schedule includes the nearly-complete “UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort” on Feb. 5 in Las Vegas, as well as “UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch” on Feb. 27 in Sydney, Australia.

After earning a win on the UFC’s Australian debut in February, Cro Cop (27-8-2) would likely land on the UFC 127 fight card or could wait for March’s UFC on Versus 3, UFC 128, or UFC Fight Night 24.

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