Randy Couture (15-8 MMA, 12-5 UFC) is the new UFC Heavyweight Champion and he already has an opponent in mind: Mirko “Cro Cop” Filpovic (22-4-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC). Cro Cop is a heavyweight who is new to the UFC and who will likely advance to face Couture if he gets past Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 70.
Despite holding the title belt Couture is still a large underdog in the division for his low weight compared to other fighters. “The Natural” taught us anything is possible as the 43-year-old year old fighter did the impossible in coming out of retirement to reclaim the title he had held twice prior.
Now for the quote essentially calling for his match with Cro Cop to come soon from the Houston Chronicle:
“I’d like to fight him now before he gets his feet any wetter in the cage. I think the tactics in the octagon are still pretty new to him, and that’s maybe something I can exploit.”
Who could blame Couture for wanting Cro Cop before he is fully acquainted with the new fighting style. Filipovic is already one of the top contenders in the heavyweight division and may become one of the more dominant fighters in the octagon. Only time will tell if this match will happen but it can be considered a near certain lock assuming Cro Cop wins at UFC 70 in England.