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Cro Cop on Gonzaga, Liddell, Fedor and more

Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic
Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic today participated in his first conference call as a UFC fighter with international media to market his upcoming bout with Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 70: "Nations Collide" this Saturday in Manchester, England.

It's an important match up for the Croatian because with a win he earns himself a date in the Octagon with current UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture later this year.

According to, Cro Cop touched on numerous topics during the session.

Here are some highlights:

  • CroCop will return to the special police around November after he's done in Parliament.
  • CroCop's goal is to win the UFC Heavyweight title right now -- he's not thinking about a rematch with Fedor Emelianenko at the moment.
  • CroCop will continue to use the original PRIDE theme song as his ring-walk music in the UFC. He won't on Saturday, however; he's returning to his old PRIDE ring-walk music, "Wild Boyz."
  • Cro Cop feels he has no space to move down the light heavyweight division. He would like to fight current titleholder Chuck Liddell, but would prefer Liddell moving up to heavyweight, as opposed to him moving down to 205 lbs.

For a brief recap of the conference call head over to We'll pass along other reports that emerge in the next few hours that shed more light on the details of the interview.

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