It’s hard to argue that any fighter has ever entered the UFC with as much hoopla as Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (Pictured) did back in February of 2007. Unfortunately for the Croatian, he wasn’t able to replicate the magic he created in other organizations over to the Octagon.
While CC boasts an impressive 27-9-2 (1 NC) overall record, he’s only managed to muster up a 4-5 mark under the UFC’s bright lights. Although Cro Cop has hinted at retirement following both of his most recent losses, this was the first time he’s discussed hanging up his MMA gloves prior to entering the cage.
“I wish you could see the new Cro Cop, 15 years younger,” he stated. “I wish it’s possible, but unfortunately I’m 37 and this could easily be my last fight in the UFC. It has nothing to do with the result, if I win or lose. Especially if I lose, but even if I win it could be my last fight in the UFC. And I’ll really give my best and hope this will be an attractive fight.
“I cannot afford anymore, especially in this fight, that it’s declared as the most boring fight of the evening like the fight with Frank Mir [at UFC 119]. I think me and Roy [Nelson] will perform a good fight and the fans will be satisfied and excited.”
Most stateside fans never got the opportunity to see vintage Cro Cop, as much of his highlight-reel performances took place in Pride FC’s historical ring. It’s an unfortunate fact the striker understands he will have to live with.
“I will never be able to forgive myself,” Filipovic admitted of his UFC woes. “I just blew it up. When I came to UFC, I was treated like a king. Even today I was treated like a king. And I just didn’t make it. The reasons are not important.”
While Cro Cop wasn’t completely ready to admit this may be his final foray, the end certainly sounded like it was coming quickly. When asked what he intends to do if fighting was no longer a part of his life, the 10-year veteran flatly stated it was time to be a father to his two young boys.