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Mirko Cro Cop: 'I like to play practical jokes'

Cro CopUFC heavyweight fighter Mirko Cro Cop wants everyone to know that he does have a sense of humor, according to a unique interview with The Independent.

Here's a snip:

"People think I'm a cold person, or that I'm hard to make contact with. Even the other fighters say that. But it isn't true: I like to play practical jokes. Maybe people find it hard to believe that a cage fighter can have a sense of humour."

Ever since the Croatian made his Octagon debut on American soil at UFC 67 in February, he's been reluctant to conduct interviews. But that reluctance was not new -- he was no media whore when he fought for years in Japan under the PRIDE FC banner.

Cro Cop just prefers to shy away from the limelight and lets his fighting do all the talking.

However, he is a prankster. And perhaps there is no better example than when he scared the daylights out of ringside announcer, Mauro Ranallo.

Here's the video:

Cro Cop will face Parisian Cheick Kongo tomorrow night at UFC 75: "Champion vs. Champion" from the 02 Arena in London, England.

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