Mirko Cro Cop: “I certainly will not be ready. However, it still means I can lay out Frank Mir in the first round.”

Croation UFC heavyweight, Mirko Cro Cop tells fans that he is stepping in as a late replacement for the injured Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira against Frank Mir at UFC 119 for Lorenzo Fertitta, the UFC, and the fans, adding he’s still capable of “laying” Mir out in the first round.

Cro Cop, speaking via Index.hr, said:

“It is certain that I will not be able to go full force. I was left with only five weeks to prepare. I would not agree to the madness of this fight if Lorenzo Fertitta didn’t beg me to step in. They were in a difficult situation because Minotauro could not fight, and this is my way to repay [the UFC].”

“This is for the whole UFC and the fans who appreciate me. Regardless of the situation and the short-term preparation, some things in life must be separated. They enabled me to have a fruitful life and I will be eternally grateful.”

“Just this morning I had a good workout. Perhaps the worst thing is the immediacy of the training and getting tired out there. This all, of course, does not mean that I am looking for an excuse, but I certainly will not be ready. However, it still means I can lay out Frank Mir in the first round.”

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