A 1-2 record in the UFC for a guy who was supposed to be the 2nd best heavyweight (behind Fedor) in the world was quite embarrassing for a very prideful Mirko Cro Cop. “The UFC was the black spot in my career and my life,” Cro Cop told the media leading up to his return to the organization this weekend.
After winning the Pride Open-Weight Grand Prix back in 2006, many thought that Cro Cop was ready to take on Fedor again and make a run in the UFC.
Unfortunately, it was not to be as Cro Cop suffered a knockout loss to Gabriel Gonzaga and a shocking unanimous decision loss to relative newcomer, Cheick Kongo.
“I just think I wasn’t that old Mirko Cro Cop that I used to be. I don’t know the reason,” Cro Cop explained.
At UFC 99, Cro Cop will have another shot to show the world if he can re-enter the title picture. Many UFC fans never got to see Cro Cop in Pride, so all they know about him is that he ate one of the worst high-kick knockouts in MMA history courtesy of Gonzaga.
With time definitely not being on his side, the 34-year old Cro Cop must regain his form against Mustapha Al-Turk, otherwise there may not be another chance for the former Croatian anti-terrorist officer.
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