Popular UFC heavyweights Mirko Cro Cop
and Roy Nelson
have verbally agreed to meet at UFC 137
in October, the organization confirmed
Cro Cop broke the news that he would be fighting "Big Country" during a recent interview on the Croatian TV sports show, "Gol
Cro Cop (27-9-2, 1 NC) has lost his last two fights in a row via knockout. There was some talk that the 36-year-old Croat would retire after his most recent loss to Brendan Schaub
at UFC 128, but UFC president Dana White confirmed
in May that the organization would honor the final fight on Cro Cop's contract.
"Do I think he should have retired? Yeah," White said. "But I don't think he's in one of these situations like Chuck Liddell
, who needed to retire right then. He's a man, a grown man, and if he wants to continue to fight, that's his right. And he still has a fight with me."
Nelson (15-6) has also lost his last two fights in a row, most dropping a unanimous decision to Frank Mir
at UFC 130. Following criticism from White and fans that he wasn't in shape to fight Mir, Nelson said on The MMA Hour
that he was battling walking pneumonia leading up to the bout.
"I knew I wasn't 100 percent, but the fight still has to go on," Nelson said.
"The show still has to go on cause we are still entertainment."
UFC 137, headlined by Georges St-Pierre
vs. Nick Diaz
for the UFC welterweight title, will take place Oct. 29 in Las Vegas.