After rebounding with a second-round TKO of late-replacement Anthony Perosh on Saturday at UFC 110, heavyweight Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic will likely face original UFC 110 opponent Ben Rothwell in his next bout.
A stomach virus forced Rothwell to withdraw from UFC 110 on Thursday, and “Cro Cop” instead faced the Australian light heavyweight Perosh on short-notice.
Though he failed to get the highlight reel finish many expected, Filipovic suffered little damage in slashing his way to a second-round stoppage due to cuts and is likely to make a quick turnaround to take on the IFL veteran Rothwell in the near future.
“I think [we’ll] do the fight that was supposed to happen tonight,” UFC President Dana White said at the post-UFC 110 press conference. “We’ll make that fight happen. Obviously Mirko didn’t have a rough night tonight and Ben isn’t out because he’s injured or anything. He got a stomach virus, so hopefully we can make this fight quick and put this one together soon.”
After going 2-0 outside the Octagon, the long-time PRIDE veteran “Cro Cop” (26-7-2) returned to the UFC in 2009 with a controversial first-round TKO of Mostapaha Al-Turk in June before suffering a third-round TKO to rising heavyweight slugger Junior dos Santos in September in his previous fight.
Rothwell (30-7) won 13-straight from 2005 through 2008, including wins over Krzysztof Soszynski and Roy Nelson, before suffering a July 2008 loss to Andrei Arlovski in Affliction. After rebounding with a win, Rothwell made his UFC debut last October but suffered a first-round TKO to Cain Velasquez.
Pictured: Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic