The camp that represents UFC heavyweight star Mirko Cro Cop (22-5-2) contacted the UFC and requested a rematch with Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira (30-4-1) if the Croatian can get past Frenchman Cheick Kongo at UFC 75 on September 8, according to the Press-Telegram.
Nogueira, of course, survived a crushing first-round head kick against Heath Herring at UFC 73 this weekend en route to a unanimous decision win in his Octagon debut.
In 2003, Cro Cop and "Big Nog" met for the vacant PRIDE FC heavyweight title. In the first round, Cro Cop punished the Brazilian with strikes, including a vicious head kick of his own that sent Nogueira crashing to the canvas just before the bell rang.
Nogueira came out in the second round, however, secured a takedown and managed to submit Cro Cop with a tight armbar.
Without question, this is the type of match up that most mixed martial arts fans envisioned with the acquistion of two of the top heavyweights in the world. And the rematch between Cro Cop and Nogueira was inevitable.
Let's just hope Cro Cop can reign supreme at the 02 Arena in London, England, so we can see this insane showdown sooner rather than later.
Here's a video of their first encounter: