Mirko Cro Cop’s fight at UFC 110 lost a lot of it’s significance when Ben Rothwell dropped out due to illness at short notice, leaving the Croatian to face late replacement Anthony Perosh.
It was a fight that Cro Cop was expected to win comfortably, and indeed he did just that. Stalking the Australian from the opening bell, he appeared content to use his punches rather than his infamous kicks to get the job done, perhaps due to being wary of being taken down.
He did inflict damage, though Perosh made life difficult for the former PRIDE star by constantly retreating. The Australian’s only real offense during the fight via numerous takedown attempts, but Cro Cop stayed alert and utilized an excellent sprawl when necessary.
The cautious tactics employed by Perosh, coupled with his determination to keep fighting despite taking a fair amount of damage meant that this fight went on longer than most had anticipated. An elbow landed during a brief spell of ground & pound by Cro Cop in the second round opened up a bad cut on his opponent, but Perosh decided to continue to fight on.
In the end the referee intervened in-between rounds to call a halt to the fight, giving Cro Cop a much needed win which levels out his UFC record to 3-3.
That aside I don’t feel there’s too much we can glean from this performance given the level of opposition. It’s likely that his original fight with Ben Rothwell will now be rescheduled, and that should be a better indicator of whether Cro Cop still has a significant part to play in the UFC’s heavyweight division.