Coming off the announcement that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was forced to drop off the UFC 119 headline against Frank Mir due to a severe hip injury, Mirko ‘Cro-Cop’ Filipovic stepped up to the plate to replace ‘Big Nog’  against Frank Mir. This will be  just two months after his battle against Pat Barry in June at UFC 115: Liddell vs Franklin.

Now the Croatian kickboxing specialist is reporting that he will not be his 100% self but does not want to let his company or the fans down.Filipovic spoke to Croatian media today, telling them in a short statement:

“I am aware that I am not going to be 100 per cent for this fight because in this sport five weeks notice is basically last minute notice.

“But I know the UFC had no other solution (ie no other big-name replacement available) and so I could not refuse the owner of the UFC, who has made me financially secure, or the UFC fans, who I do not want to disappoint.”

Source: Fighters Only