In an appearance on ESPNews’ “The Hot List” yesterday, UFC President Dana White officially announced Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic’s opponent for UFC 75. As expected, Cro Cop will face French kickboxer turned MMA fighter Cheick Kongo. UFC 75 is scheduled for Sept. 8 in London.
“Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ is fighting Cheick Kongo from France,” said White via a live satellite feed. “He’s six foot four and two hundred and forty pounds – he’s huge. They are both strikers. Cheick Kongo is a very good striker and he’s good with his feet, knees and hands – it’s going to be a very interesting matchup.”
White also talked about the UFC’s success in the United States and the U.K. and its planned expansion further into the European Union. “We’ve done so well over here in the last six years in the U.S., we have this product…it translates all the cultural barriers, language barriers and we know this can work worldwide. We opened an office in London and we will have done three events in the U.K. this year, and they will all have been successful. Our plan is to move out into Europe and next year go into Italy, Spain, Germany, France, etc.”
Bouts officially announced for UFC 75 in London include:
–Quinton Jackson vs. Dan Henderson
–Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Cheick Kongo
–Michael Bisping vs. Matt Hamill
Other speculated participants, but not officially announced by the UFC, include: