"I actually said ‘no’ (to replacing Ben Rothwell) originally. I look up to Cro Cop and he’s a fellow Croatian. My parents are Croatian and I’ve actually been training the other Croatians appearing on this UFC 110 card. I then went and watched yesterday’s (Thursday) press conference and listened to the comment Dana White made about how many fighters actually turn down opportunities. That just made me realize what a big chance this was. How could I turn down the opportunity to fight on the main card at UFC 110 against one of the best guys in the world? Not only that, the fight takes place on the UFC’s first ever show in Australia. I quickly called Joe Silva back and said, ‘yeah – I’ll do it’. There were just far too many positives than negatives as far as this opportunity was concerned. I’m not looking to make any excuses after the fight, whatever happens. I won’t complain about not being fit or taking the fight on short notice. Luckily, I have a lot of experience in this sport. I’m just treating this as another match. He’s just another opponent for me. I’m not putting Cro Cop on any kind of pedestal for this fight. It’s no secret that I’m going to try and take him down, ground-and-pound him and then choke him out. I believe I have the ground skills to do this. I always hoped I’d be back and here is my chance."
Former UFC competitor Anthony Perosh (10-5) talks about his surprise return to the promotion and the whirlwind he's been through since filling in for Ben Rothwell when "Big" Ben stopped ticking due to a virus that forced him from the UFC 110 fight card. "The Hippo" has gotten another chance at UFC stardom but faces a very stiff test on short notice when he takes on feared striker Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic on Saturday night. Perosh is unfazed by the Croat's resume and hopes to exploit his questionable ground skills. Can he pull off a miracle in Sydney?