UFC 119 gambling anticipation has grown at a rapid rate as fans and handicappers assess the UFC 119 betting chances of Cro Cop for Saturday’s bout.
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic is one of the most interesting and charismatic fighters in the UFC circuit and has had a wild career that included a PRIDE championship as well as membership in the parliament of Croatia. He will have a tough assignment going up against Mir, a former world champion.
Filipovic enters action with the UFC 119 odds at a career record of just 4-3 in the UFC while going a much better 27-7-2 in mixed martial arts overall.
Cro Cop was on vacation a little over a month ago when he got a call from the UFC asking him to step in for the injured Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and take on Mir, who has a career record of 11-5 in the UFC. Filipovic answered the stiff challenge despite lacking time to prepare and facing the possibility of career ending injury at 36 years of age.
“I always tell people it could be any fight,” said Cro Cop about the possibility of his bout with the UFC 119 lines being a career-ender.
“I tell them it could be the last one. This is a hard sport, this is a brutal sport, and any new injury - especially because I turned 36 a few days ago - would definitely take me out of competition. In my age, with my experience, it would be hard to start over again with some rehabilitation.”
He went on to say that he agreed to fight Mir because he didn’t want to let down fans or the UFC.
As to why he continues to risk it all in the ring Filipovic was blunt saying that “I secure my family in the UFC. I earned a lot of money in the UFC.”
Saturday’s UFC 119 gambling event will take place at Conseco Field House in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Cro Cop has won his last two bouts entering this bout. He last fought on June 12 and scored a submission rear naked choke win over Pat Barry at UFC 115. Mir is coming off a knockout loss to Shane Carwin on March 27 at UFC 111.