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Thursday, November 5, 2009
Mirko Filipovic and Ben Rothwell to meet Feb. 21

By Jake Rossen/

It's been more than three years since Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic has looked even remotely dangerous, but that isn't preventing the UFC from capitalizing on his foreign-territory fame: The stoic kickboxer looks to have a date with Ben Rothwell in Australia on Feb. 21.

You know how this goes: Filipovic will swear up, down and sideways that he's changed his training, mentality or diet, resulting in a "new" fighter. He will proceed to deflate everyone with a lethargic, ineffectual performance that adds nothing to the heavyweight division or his career. Considering his recent UFC appearances, this is pessimism he's earned.