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Mirko Cro Cop: 'I don't think anyone should underestimate me'




"I don't think anyone should underestimate me. When you have a self-made fighter like I am, with the PRIDE belt that I won, it's not good to underestimate me. Especially right now because I'm in really good shape and I'm looking forward to this fight. [Rothwell's] very good with his ground and pound as you saw with his fight against Arlovski, but I'm not afraid. Even if we go to the ground, I will manage -- but I don't think it will go to the ground."

Famed heavyweight striker Mirko Filipovic prepares for Ben Rothwell at UFC 110 from the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia, this Saturday (Feb. 21). "Cro Cop" is coming off a submission (verbal) loss to Junior dos Santos at UFC 103 last September -- his third loss inside the Octagon in five attempts — a far cry from the world beater who was scalping his opponents just three years ago under the Pride banner. In fact, he has not defeated a top-level fighter since he made Josh Barnett quit at "Final Conflict Absolute," which earned him the Pride FC 2006 Open Weight Grand Prix Championship. Can he return to form in Sydney? Or is it time for the Croat to finally call it a career?

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