by MMAWeekly.com Staff
It appears that the question of whether or not Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic would retire following his dismantling at the hands of a much younger Junior dos Santos at UFC 103.
MMAWeekly.com late Wednesday night learned from sources close to the bout that Filipovic will likely return to the Octagon at UFC 110 in Sydney, Australia, to face Ben Rothwell. The bout has not yet been signed.
At 35 years of age, Filipovic (25-7-2) was manhandled in his UFC return in Dallas, where he verbally submitted under a barrage of punches from dos Santos in the third round. He contemplated his career following that bout, questioning whether or not he could get over a “mental block” when fighting in a cage. The greatest successes of his career coming in the Pride ring in Japan.
Rothwell (30-7) made his Octagon debut at UFC 104 just a few short weeks ago, but it left a bitter taste in his mouth. He lost a second round TKO stoppage at the hands of Cain Velasquez. He was taking shots to the face from Velasquez while on his knee. Rothwell, who was rising to his feet at the time of the stoppage, says he was unhurt and believes that fight was halted too soon.
Both fighters will get the chance to redeem themselves when the Ultimate Fighting Championship makes its Australian debut on Feb. 21. Wanderlei Silva and Yoshihiro Akiyama are also expected to grace the fight card in a middleweight bout.