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UFC 137 interview: Roy Nelson says ‘Cro Cop’ still has it

Steve Cofield
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This may be the last hurrah for the legendary Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, but Roy Nelson knows he can't think that entering the Octagon at UFC 137.

"I think he's the same old 'Cro Cop.' If anything, he's probably more dangerous now because he wants to just prove to everybody else (he can still fight), and that's always a crazy thing," Nelson told ESPNRadio1100/98.9 FM in Las Vegas (4:39 mark).

Nelson, 35, respects the 37-year-old Cro Cop.

"Cro Cop's fought some tough guys the last couple fights. He's still the same guy from 2006, 2007 ... a little bit older. If anything, he's probably a little bit wiser, as in technique-wise," said Nelson."

Nelson played it close to the vest when the issue of his weight came up. Following his loss to Frank Mir at UFC 130, lots of folks including his boss Dana White, called for Nelson to slim down a bit. Whether he's done that is anyone's guess. Nelson joked that he's heard a lot of "rumors" about his weight and what happened when he and White met to discuss his future. We'll certainly find out more this week from one side or the other.

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