Thursday, February 18, 2010
Two Late Changes To UFC 110 Card, Including New Opponent For Mirko "Cro-Cop"
In a fairly unusual turn of events, two fights have been altered with less than forty-eight hours to go before UFC 110:Nogueira vs. Velasquez gets underway.
First, an under card fight between two elder statesmen of Australian MMA, Elvis "The King of Rock and Rumble" Sinosic (8-11-2) and Chris Haseman (20-16), has been called off due to an injury to Sinosic's shoulder. This was set to be a rematch of their iconic 1997 match at Caged Combat 1- Australian Ultimate Fighting, which is considered one of the foundation-setting fights for MMA in that country. Haseman won that bout via the aptly named, and now highly illegal, "chin-to-the-eye" submission technique.
In related news, an unnamed illness has caused "Big" Ben Rothwell (30-7) to pull out of his scheduled fight with Mirko "Cro-Cop" Filipovic (25-7-2). A training partner of Sinosec named Anthony Perosh (10-5 [pictured here]) will now step in on short notice to face the former K-1 and PRIDE star. Perosh has fought once in the UFC before, losing to Jeff Monson (32-9) by TKO in the first round at UFC 61. This change is obviously a slight let-down for fans, but it surely would have been much worse if "Cro-Cop" couldn't fight at all. Perosh should be commended for saving the day.
UFC 110: Nogueira vs Velasquez now moves forward with a total of nine fight scheduled.