Mirko 'CroCop' Filipovic faces Brendan Schaub on March 19th at UFC 128.
Schaub is young, hungry and eager to add CroCop's name to his win list. CroCop is fighting for pride (and Pride), and aims to show that "rookie" Schaub still has a thing or two to learn in the MMA game.
Fighters Only was invited to Croatia for a look at CroCop's training camp. This three-part video is the result, with some training footage and some talk with CroCop, his trainer, sparring partners and friends.
We were specifically requested not to include lots of sparring footage and so its difficult in a way to convey the intensity of the days, particularly as the week we were there was nicknamed 'Hell Week' because of the hard pace and heavy contact of the two daily sessions.
That said, theres still plenty to see and hopefully this video and the two subsequent installments will prove to be of interest to CroCop fans and fight fans alike.
And yes, I got the UFC 128 date wrong at the start. I was going to go
This video is hosted from www.youtube.com