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Is Change of Personnel Really The Key To a Cro Cop Resurrection?

(Cro Cop helps the K-1 promoters play a very cruel joke on Bob Sapp.)

Just a couple months ago Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic appeared to be walking away from MMA for good, citing a lack of desire after a thoroughly uninspired effort against Junior Dos Santos at UFC 103.  Now it seems as though he’s coming back to take on Ben Rothwell in Australia this January, so you might rightfully be wondering, what’s going to change, apart from Filipovic’s facial structure if he doesn’t improve upon his last performance? 

Well, almost before you can finish asking the question, Cro Cop has answered it.  He’s dropped his old boxing coach in favor of working with former Muay Thai champ Ivan “The Hydro” Hippolyte, and he’s also sent his old buddy and sparring partner Igor Pokrajac packing.  So, problem solved?

Don’t be so sure.  For fighters in the vulnerable twilight state of their careers, there are no shortage of false friends out there.  Changing training camps can be one, changing weight classes is another.  There’s an allure about anything that offers the illusion of meaningful change.  We’ve all experienced it at one time or another.

Say you’re in a bad relationship.  Things aren’t working, even though you tell yourself that you genuinely want them to.  So you take a vacation together.  That will fix everything right?  Only you forget the digital camera, she complains about the cheap hotel you booked, and the next thing you know you’re stuck at Sea World with a person you hate, who also hates you.  Admit it, you’ve been there.

If Cro Cop retired because he wasn’t feeling the same burning desire to fight, it’s hard to see how a new trainer and a new camp will have that much of an effect.  Though, in all fairness, sometimes an older, more secure fighter needs to be around the kids with the hunger in their eyes before he realizes what he’s missing.  Then again, sometimes it just reminds him of how he used to be, and how he’ll never be again.

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AussieJosh- November 13, 2009 at 2:57 am
Thanks for that mate! Im in Adelaide. Ill be flying to Sydney with training partners and friends for sure to see this event!
LargeMidget- November 11, 2009 at 9:33 am
Cro Cop vs. Chuck Liddell would be an amazing fight. They could make it at a 220 catchweight or some shit.

Most infamous left high kick ever versus the most infamous overhand right ever.
Frank Dux- November 11, 2009 at 7:52 am
@ chumpchange & @cagefightmon:

I think the desired terminology here is the "orbital" bones, the group of 7 bones that encase the eye. cagefightmon, no doubt about that, it would sure have to be one hell of a punch to break the occipital lobe or bone from the front! lol
Eljroco- November 11, 2009 at 2:56 am
Not sure Josh, I've heard 21st Feb as well, it's meant to be UFC 110 so that dates fits if Nog v Cain 108 is early January. Abu Dhabi trials are this weekend in Sydney so I'll find out then for sure.
Sjsurf- November 11, 2009 at 2:28 am
Bob Sapp is the original "Big Baby"
AussieJosh- November 11, 2009 at 1:40 am
So when is this Aussie fight gonna happen!? up there ^^^^^^ It said in Jan but other times i have read its going to be Feb 21???
reddog- November 10, 2009 at 11:22 pm
Cro Cop vs Ice man sounds good. Make it happen Bens!!
Eljroco- November 10, 2009 at 8:50 pm
Time to drop to LHW where the king of rock and rumble Elvis Sinosec awaits him in Sydney.......Also why is it that I'm discovering more about the Sydney UFC event on CP than I can here in Australia?
Komodo- November 10, 2009 at 8:02 pm
"Then again, sometimes it just reminds him of how he used to be, and how he’ll never be again."

*sniff... *weep...

petro- November 10, 2009 at 7:24 pm
As much as the Serb in me dislikes Crocop, I still wouldn't mind seeing him in some novelty fights with guys like Couture, Nogiera, or even Chuck.
astroboy- November 10, 2009 at 5:35 pm
Theres nothing left for Mirko in the UFC in my opinion, i seriously doubt that he could deal with the weight cut or with the fighters in the LH division....hes should just go to Japan, get a nice deal, finish some inexperienced, out-of shape Japanese guys with the famous high kick and retire.....thats the way to go
Kg- November 10, 2009 at 4:59 pm
Cro cop is a tomato can, your gonna take all this time off to train and fight another can. So what happens if he wins? Gonna take another 7 months off to train for Matt Roloff
Professor Choas- November 10, 2009 at 4:51 pm
reminds me of Chuck tryin to say he changed his style and plugged up the holes before the rua fight
Old_Bald_and_Irish- November 10, 2009 at 4:48 pm
Rocksteady sez:

"Cro Cop should join AKA or Greg Jackson's camp or something."

I dunno.

The thought of Cro Cop tweakin' his nipples....? thanks.
DbHK- November 10, 2009 at 4:33 pm
Thanks for making me said CP, you dicks.
MMA42- November 10, 2009 at 4:29 pm
I can see him being in the LHW Div. It would be a change of pace for him, and he could possibly NOT get his ass kicked as much. It's an interesting idea.
RockSteady- November 10, 2009 at 4:28 pm
Cro Cop should join AKA or Greg Jackson's camp or something.
TheJuggernaut- November 10, 2009 at 4:10 pm
A man*
TheJuggernaut- November 10, 2009 at 4:08 pm
Maybe bonner or Coleman, but either way it's sad for aan who struck fear in the eyes of every hw in he world like he was the chuck Norris of the mma world.
TheJuggernaut- November 10, 2009 at 4:02 pm
Uzi who should he fight at lhw? Jardine, houston, Irvin, Franklin? That's hardly going out on top in my opinion, and I don't think he can hang with the top10 lhw's anymore.
cagefightmon- November 10, 2009 at 3:57 pm
I don't think front shots will end up breaking occipital bones(the one in the back of his head). General Anatomy/common sense will probably paint a different story.
uzithrasha- November 10, 2009 at 3:38 pm
he just needs two wins in the octagon and retirement will come. Who wants to end on a low note. He should drop down to Light Heavys
chumpchange- November 10, 2009 at 3:38 pm
I'm pretty sure he broke Sapp's occipital bone in that match...
astroboy- November 10, 2009 at 3:32 pm
Mirko is done for good, even if he beats Rothwell he is no match for guys like Lesnar, Carwin or Nogueira. I mean seriously his past matches were completely disappointing.....time to retire
GetUpAndKill- November 10, 2009 at 3:31 pm
Sad really...If you could only know when to leave the sport on a high , when you're still a legend. Hint hint Fedor.