Following his knockout loss to Brendan Schaub at UFC 128, company president Dana White claimed Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic’s days inside the Octagon were over. Fast forward a couple of months and it appears the heavyweight will be granted one final scrap for the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion.
“This guy wants to fight again and I owe him another fight,” White stated Wednesday. “He’s a grown man. If he wants to continue to fight, that’s his right and he still has a fight with me.”
Cro Cop established a lot of momentum after capturing the Pride Open Weight Grand Prix back in 2006. After Gabriel Gonzaga viciously laid CC out at UFC 70 in April 2007, his aura of invincibility quickly dissipated.
Cro Cop owns a 27-9-2 (1 NC) record, with 24 of his wins coming before the final horns have blared. However, the 36-year-old has dropped his last two fights in devastating fashion.
“Do I think he should’ve retired? Yeah,” White said. “I don’t think he’s in one of these situations like a Chuck Liddell though, where I thought he needed to retire right then.
“Cro Cop and I made a deal and he wants to fight again. I’m going to honor that deal.”
No word on when the Croatian sensation will resume his illustrious career. He wanted to battle Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 134 in Brazil, but Big Nog was ultimately assigned to Schaub.