Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic’s last stand
Cro Cop, what can I say that I haven’t said already? Cro Cop is from the days of Pride, the days when Pride meant something, don’t listen to Chael Sonnen, nothing was handed to Cro Cop, he fought the best the world of MMA had to offer and excelled. Sadly, the sport passed him by, at 37, it’s a little late in his career to start shoring up the holes in his game. I admire that he is trying, yet, what does he have to prove?
It’s not as if a win over Roy Nelson puts him into title contention. If he stays in the UFC, I can’t imagine he would be more than a ‘gate keeper’ for the HW division. A fight against Overeem would be kinda cool in a nostalgic kinda way, it would not help either in the rankings or the title ladder.
Here’s what Mirko had to say to MMA Fighting and Ben Fowlkes:
“I must win this fight,” he said over and over again. “…I will have to beat him, and I will do it. I trained six months for this fight. I will do it.”
“Some people, many people, buried me alive because I lost twice in a row,” he said. “I just want to prove to everybody that I’m still Cro Cop. …I want to raise from the grave. That’s what I want to prove to everybody. That’s my motivation.”
“I want to retire as the old Cro Cop. I don’t know if I will be able to do it, but I will die trying. Nothing is hard for me. I will die trying.”
“Look at Fedor [Emelianenko],” he said. “Fedor was untouchable until one year ago, and today nobody’s talking about him. He lost three times in a row. He was a great champion, great fighter, but he lost three times in a row and nobody talks about him. Only the fans who followed him his whole career respect what he did with his career, but that’s the name of the game. I don’t want it to happen to me.”
It’s hard not to root for Mirko when he gives an interview filled with this much emotional honesty.
Rumble young man Rumble