Apparently Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic isn’t joking around when he says that fighting is his “life.” Sadly, the Croation recently admitted that he contemplated suicide following his disappointing loss to Junior dos Santos at UFC 101 last month.
“I was very, very disturbed after the loss to Dos Santos,” Cro Cop told Nokaut.com. “I was in such a state that I wished to hang myself in my hotel room so I would be gone.”
His emotions were clearly in overdrive after the 3rdRoud loss, and thankfully he, or someone else, was able to talk some sense into him before he called it quits on living.
Although the dos Santos scrap didn’t work out as planned, let’s keep things in perspective. The striker has amassed a 25-7-2 record over his illustrious career and will go down as one of the best kickers the sport of mixed martial arts has ever seen.
Despite that beefed-up resume, it appears that Crop Cop is still having issues coming to terms with his diminished skills and seems intent on competing again, which is perfectly fine with his training partner and former UFC employee, Fabricio Werdum, if that’s what he wants do do.
However, Werdum is just hoping that Cro Cop exits the sport on his terms, not someone else’s.
“I think it would be a good idea if he stops,” Werdum recently told Tatame. “He already did what he had to do, is famous for his left kick, he’s financially stabilized, he’s an idol in his country, so I don’t think he needs fighting anymore.”
Like a true, stubborn fighter, the 35-year-old believes that he has a lot more left in the tank, well, at least two more fights, that is.
“If someone offered me millions of dollars to quit my career right now I would not accept it. [Fighting] is my life and I don’t know any other way to live,” Cro Cop stated. “I will make some changes in my training, because I wish to fight twice more in the UFC. I am a fighter, and I will find the motivation and strength I need.”