Zuffa rewards Anthony Perosh with UFC contract following Croatian beatdown

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Australian grappler Anthony Perosh probably thought his UFC career had come and gone following his consecutive losses inside the Octagon back in 2006.

"The Hippo" first appeared at UFC 61: "Bitter Rivals," where he was pounded out by Jeff Monson midway through the first round. He got a second chance later that year against Christian Wellisch, but came up short on the judge's cards at UFC 66: "Liddell vs. Ortiz 2."

It's not surprising when a fighter gets released after an 0-2 debut, but 0-3? That can get you a four-fight contract extension according to InfiniteMMA.com.

Of course all you need to do is step up when the promotion calls and take your lumps like a man. And that's exactly what Perosh did when he filled in for the ailing Ben Rothwell on two days notice against Mirko Filipovic at UFC 110 last Saturday night in Sydney.

"Cro Cop" stayed out of the Aussie's comfort zone, repeatedly staving off takedowns and striking at will. After busting Perosh open in the second round with a vicious elbow, the bout was stopped and the Croat was afforded the win.

While it may have been a loss on his record, it was certainly a win for Perosh's future. Even if he doesn't fulfill all of the fights on his new contract, he at least has the opportunity to make another run at UFC success.

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