While most UFC fans haven’t had the pleasure of witnessing his brilliance, there’s no denying Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic is one of the best to ever grace an MMA canvas. Although many moons have passed since he was considered the sport’s deadliest kicker, CC claims that his roundhouse is back in da house.
“I had a very bad injury two years ago. My leg was broken. The knee was completely broken,” Filipovic said of his right moneymaker. “I had three surgeries for the knee, and of course it reflected in my kicking. I was afraid to kick. It was still very fresh, but I decided to take the risk [and fight Mostapha Al-Turk at UFC 99).
Cro Cop was last seen taking a 2ndRound TKO over Anthony Perosh at UFC 110 this past February. He’s now won four of his last five bouts and owns an impressive 26-7-2 record overall. While most were shoveling dirt on his MMA career, CC says time heals all wounds – specifically a broken leg.
“One year ago, it was still fresh,” Cro Cop said of his injury. “It was only six months after the surgery, so it was a suicide according to the doctor, but I decided to take the fight, and I decided to take another fight with Junior dos Santos, which wasn’t a smart idea in that condition, but I’m a fighter.
“I like the sport. I like fighting, and I like competition. But obviously you need to make a decision with the head and not with the heart.”
Cro Cop faces fast-rising Pat Barry at UFC 115 this Saturday inside General Motors Place in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Although Cro Cop has posted a mundane 3-3 record inside the Octagon, he believes the seventh time will be the charm.
“I’m definitely much more relaxed than my previous fights,” said Filipovic. “There are so many small details that I actually wasn’t aware about. Fighting in a cage is fighting in a cage. It’s not a ring. The cage has its own rules, and it’s a big difference.”