Less than 24 hours after former UFC light heavyweight champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson announced his retirement from the sport of mixed martial arts, it appears that today is Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic’s turn as reports have surfaced the striker is pulling the plug on his illustrious career.
MMABay.com is reporting that Cro Cop’s manager, Zvonimir Lucic, has spoken with Igor Pokrajcom and Sasa Mučnjak, two of CC’s training partners, and informed them that camp will be terminated based on the heavyweight’s decision not to fight again.
The site claims that both fighters were given their final payoff.
Cro Cop was thoroughly dominated by a much younger and hungrier Junior dos Santos this past weekend at UFC 103 and it left many, including the Croatian himself, questioning if he had anything left in the tank.
“I have twenty years of training like a spartan behind me. It has caught up with me, my body is broken down. I’ve been worn out,” Filipovic said at the UFC 103 post-fight presser.
UFC president Dana White didn’t disagree with Cro Cop’s assessment, even kicking the retirement door wide open for the 35-year-old.
“You get to a certain age where you remember what you used to be able to do, and you can see all the openings. You just can’t pull the trigger. I think that’s where he’s at,” White said of CC’s current state.
If that was indeed the last time we’ve seen him, UFC fans never got a taste of who the REAL Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic was. Although it was never really displayed inside the Octagon, he possessed one of the deadliest kicks in the history of the sport and will leave the game with an impressive 25-7-2 pro mark.
However, only a mundane 2-3 for the world’s biggest MMA organization.