by Al Yu – MMAWeekly.com
Pride 2006 Open Weight Grand Prix winner Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has successfully undergone surgery to remove a small piece of bone in his left foot. According to the Croatian news site “Justranji,” Mirko will return home from Switzerland on Monday and is expected to rehabilitate his foot for two weeks before he resumes training.

Cro Cop, who is currently the #2 Heavyweight in the MMAWeekly Rankings, revealed that he initially suffered his injury prior to his fight against Mark Hunt at the Pride Shockwave event in December 2005.

The Grand Prix Champion commented that the surgery went smoothly and stated that his foot will not be completely healed until December. Despite the recovery time, Cro Cop still wishes to be a participant in Pride’s annual New Year’s Eve event.

If Mirko is able to fight at Shockwave, it’s likely that his opponent on that night would be someone other than Pride Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko, who is the #1 Heavyweight in the MMAWeekly Rankings.

Mirko expects his foot to be fully healed in time for a potential showdown with Fedor Emelianenko in February, which means that the fight could take place on Pride’s next American show in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 24th.

If that is the case, it will be the first time that a Pride championship will have been defended on U.S. soil with the modified rules under the Nevada State Athletic Commission.