I don't really care if Mirko CroCop was old and decrepit while immobilized in a wheelchair--I still wouldn't want to take the chance of tasting the infamous "Cemetary Kick" that seperated many a Pride heavyweight from consciousness, even with a few years of notice.

Anthony "The Hippo" Perosh did, however, take that chance at UFC 110, and I must say that all of the "do you wanna be a fucking fighter" bravado being flaunted by the UFC is so much more digestable when the fighter's risk is consummated by a rich reward.

Perosh was called upon by UFC match-maker Joe Silva two days before the event, and he originally declined the less than appealing offer to jump in the cage with one of the most feared heavyweight strikers of the century on such short notice.  Perosh shared the reason behind his change of heart with

I then went and watched yesterday’s (Thursday) press conference and listened to the comment Dana White made about how many fighters actually turn down opportunities. That just made me realise what a big chance this was. How could I turn down the opportunity to fight on the main card at UFC 110 against one of the best guys in the world? Not only that, the fight takes place on the UFC’s first ever show in Australia. I quickly called Joe Silva back and said, ‘yeah – I’ll do it’.

Perosh turned in a gutsy performance, but a fierce CroCop elbow delivered in the 2nd round warranted a TKO stoppage according to the doctor; but Perosh has now received the best possible Band-Aid a fighter could hope for by inking a four-fight contract with the UFC, as reported by InfiniteMMA.

"The Hippo" had a 2006 UFC stint where he dropped consecutive fights to Jeff Monson and Christian Wellisch, but the Australian based Machada black belt continued to excel outside of the octagon with a 5-2 record.  One of those losses was at the hands of newly signed UFC heavyweight James Te Huna, who just defeated Igor Pokrajac in his first UFC bout last weekend.

Even though Mirko admitted that he showed Perosh a bit of mercy in the name of sportsmanship, the Australian fighter has all the reason in the world to hold his head up high.

Congratulations, Anthony Perosh.



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