Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ thinks he’s two wins away from a title shot, but he’s not looking past Junior dos Santos nor underestimating the new crop of talent in the UFC’s heavyweight division.
“It’ll be tougher and tougher to take the belt. First, I want to be concentrating on my fight against Junior,” Cro Cop said he didn’t know who he’d face next. “If I take both of those fights, I believe the third will be the title shot.”
Cro Cop says he’ll need around ten weeks to prepare for his next fight, so barring any serious injuries, he says we can expect to see him back in the Octagon on either the New Year’s show (UFC 108) or at least at in January (likely UFC 109 Super Bowl weekend).
He has no idea who he’ll fight next. A rematch with Big Nog has been thrown around by fans ever since Nogueira took out Couture. I had mentioned a rematch with Cheick Kongo at UFC 105 when I thought Cro Cop wanted a quicker turnaround between fights, but I still think that fight would be good for January with Mir-Nogueira 2 at UFC 107. A Cro Cop-Nog rematch is intriguing but Mir-Nog has all the heat behind it now. The UFC should make that fight while it’s still hot.
Still if Mirko blasts dos Santos into unconsciousness at UFC 103 with his trademark left high kick, don’t be surprised if he gets the next title shot. Big Nog and Cain Velasquez (if he beats Ben Rothwell at UFC 104) are both in the mix, but nothing is set in stone just yet.