Heavyweights Roy Nelson
and Mirko “Cro
Cop” Filipovic will likely face off at UFC
Filipovic (Pictured) first mentioned the matchup Wednesday in an
interview with Croatian sports news website
Gol.hr, and Sherdog.com confirmed the news with a source close
to the bout shortly thereafter.
Headlined by a welterweight title fight pitting longtime UFC
St. Pierre against former Strikeforce titleholder Nick Diaz, UFC
137 goes down Oct. 29 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las
Nelson has recently lost back-to-back contests for only the second
time in his career. After winning the 10th season of “The Ultimate
Fighter” and posting consecutive Octagon victories, the former
International Fight League heavyweight was outstruck by current No.
1 contender Junior dos
Santos in August 2010. Most recently, “Big Country” was
dominated by Frank Mir in
May. After the bout, it was discovered that Nelson had battled
walking pneumonia in the weeks leading up to the bout.
Like Nelson, Filipovic has lost two straight. Once ranked among the
sport’s elite big men while fighting for Japan’s Pride Fighting
Championships, the Croatian striker has not looked the same since
joining the UFC. Cro Cop has racked up a 4-5 Octagon record, most
recently falling by knockout to Brendan
Schaub at UFC 128 in March.