Anthony "The Hippo" Perosh deserves lots of credit for stepping up on short notice but the Australian didn't have enough to pose any threat to Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic in the first fight of the pay-per-view portion of UFC 110. The ringside doctor stopped the fight between the second and third rounds because of a huge gash on Perosh's forehead.
Cro Cop (26-7-2, 3-3 UFC) got back on the winning track with the dominant win. He showed a solid gas tank and excellent takedown defense. He stuffed 10 different takedown attempts by Perosh. In most cases, Cro Cop sat down on the Aussie and inflicted more damage with Perosh in the turtle position. When Cro Cop did enter Perosh's guard late in the second round, he delivered the left elbow that bounced off of Perosh's head and busted him open.
Perosh (10-6, 0-3 UFC) got a huge ovation at Acer Arena in his hometown of Sydney. During his postfight conversation with UFC analyst Joe Rogan, Cro Cop also thanked him for stepping in for his original opponent Ben Rothwell. Rothwell ducked out of the fight on Wednesday suffering from a stomach flu.