Fresh off a come-from-behind win over Pat Barry at UFC 115 this weekend in Vancouver, heavyweight Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic told a Croatian news site that he may be calling it a career after enduring a tumultuous training camp.
“In addition to winning the Pride Grand Prix Finals, it’s my favorite fight of my career, [but] most of the training proved to me that I am now too old for this,” Filipovic told Jutarnji.
Surprisingly, Filipovic openly admitted he no longer has the desire to compete, let alone win. Cro Cop’s admission could explain why he has fallen off so much since his impressive run through Pride’s GP tourney back in 2006, however contradicts the gutty performance he displayed in his submission win over Barry.
“For 20 years I lived this life and now I have no motivation for the fight, no mental strength for all the Spartan training,” Filipovic stated. “I am no longer so hungry for victory. I will not stop training, but if I am asleep I’ll stay in bed and practice an hour later.
“I don’t know about a new contract with the UFC. I believe that I gave this game a lot. I fought with the greatest fighters.”
Once considered one of the most feared strikers in all of mixed martial arts, Cro Cop was unable to find his way in the Octagon. That fact was never more evident than in his knockout loss to Gabriel Gonzaga, which ironically came via a head kick – something that Filipovic has made a career of doing.
If UFC 115 was indeed the last time “Cro Cop” enters a professional fight, it was a fitting end, as he went blow-for-blow with a dangerous youngster that idolized him.
Cro Cop’s official resume currently reads 27-7-2 with one infamous No Contest against Strikeforce heavyweight Alistair Overeem.
(Props to our friends at Fighters Only for the translation)