Posted by UFC Junkie on June 11, 2007 at 8:39 am ET
UFC heavyweight Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (22-5-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will look to get back into the title picture when he faces Cheick Kongo (10-3-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) at UFC 75 in London.
Numerous reports have made mention of the rumored bout. The possibility of the fight was first reported by www.groundandpound.de, a German Web site.
UFC 75 takes place Sept. 8, possibly at London’s O2 Arena. The night’s main event features PRIDE welterweight and middleweight champion Dan Henderson vs. recently crowed UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson. UFC president Dana White recently stated that both organizations’ 205-pound belts will be on the line. (PRIDE’s middleweight division is 205 pounds.)
Filipovic suffered a devastating KO loss to Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 70 in April. The former PRIDE champion was acquired by the UFC earlier this year and posted a successful TKO victory over Eddie Sanchez in his debut at UFC 67 in February. He entered UFC 70 as a large favorite over Gonzaga but lasted less than one round with the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt fighter.
Kongo made his UFC debut at UFC 61 with a first-round TKO over Gilbert Aldana. He picked up another win (first-round KO via knee) over Christian Wellisch at UFC 62 but lost to Carmelo Marrero via split decision at UFC 64. He most recently defeated bootyliciousuerio Silva via majority decision at UFC 70. Kongo’s ground game was heavily criticized after the fight.
Despite a recent influx of talent in the UFC’s heavyweight division, the Filipovic-Kongo fight could have major — if not immediate — effects on future title shots.
For the latest UFC 75 fight card, check out the UFC Rumors section of UFCjunkie.com.