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ESPN Primer: UFC 119

Updated: September 24, 2010, 5:54 AM ET
By Jake Rossen

One of the biggest surprises to come out of the UFC acquisitions of Japan-groomed athletes has been the late-stage transformation of Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic.

A stern and stoic fighter, Filipovic was not known for being personable or even especially tolerant of his celebrity. When he cried after winning Pride's open weight tournament in 2006, it was like watching tears drip from an Easter Island statue.

(Little wonder: Croatia doesn't seem to embrace sentimentality. ...

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