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Cro Cop Says He Was Taking It Easy on Anthony Perosh

(He will hurt you, but only as much as is absolutely necessary.)

Those of us who were a little concerned with Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic’s apparent inability to put away Anthony Perosh at UFC 110 should just calm down a second, says the former Pride great. According to Cro Cop, the reason he didn’t put away a bloodied and battered Perosh was because he “couldn’t do that to him when he was so bloody.” This claims prompts the inevitable question, you getting soft on us, Mirko?

It’s hard to say just yet, but it seems as though Filipovic will cut you some slack if you take a fight out of your weight class on short notice:

“I admire Perosh for accepting the fight. There were much better fighters there who turned it down but I understand why; they did not have time to prepare. [But] I am very sorry that I had to hurt Perosh. I tried to fight with as much consideration for him as I could. I even avoided the ground because I am 7, 8 kilos heavier than he is.”

Ordinarily we might be inclined to call shenanigans on a fighter who claimed that the only reason he didn’t finish an opponent was because he felt sorry for the poor bloody bastard, but if you go back and look at the expression on Cro Cop’s face after his elbow sliced Perosh open you get a sense that he might be telling the truth.

However, that still leaves us wondering a) why he didn’t put him away sooner, since there wasn’t much offense coming back at him, and b) whether there’s any place in this sport for acts of mercy.

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Wyatt- February 24, 2010 at 7:00 am
So Mirko took it easy on a guy that he knew he could easily beat, the kid got a 4 fight contract out of it, probably some head stitches, and he can say he went two rounds with a legend.

Granted, I'll miss the CroCop that his Dos Santos with a completely unnecessary left hook on the ground, but what can you do? He's older, he's completely out of the hunt for the belt, he's a politician now, and it must suck to go from Grand Prix champ to head hunting gatekeeper.

I'm just glad Mirko FINALLY got to throw elbows to the head on the ground and seems to be pretty good at it.
Get Off Me- February 24, 2010 at 6:24 am
@CroCops Gluteus
Did I say that Cro Cop did not hold back in the fight at all?? Re-read my post.
I said he did not take it easy on his oppenent and only after the cut did he let up a little and before you knew it the round was over and the fight stopped, but ask your stupid self why the fight was stopped?

There were no high kick attempts for two real reasons as well. 1. it's old hat now and fighters pin their right hands to their head when they fight Cro Cop 2. Go back and watch the fight again and see how close to the cage Perosh is and which way he was circling, Cro Cop did not have room to throw the high kick(In pride that was not an issue).

I have nothing against Cro Cop and like the fact that he is trying to re-build his career, he is a gentleman. Ask yourself though, if he really 'took it easy' on Perosh, why are so many people giving props to Perosh, because he went in and fought and lost an easy fight?? No he went in, got the shit beat out of him, as you can plainly see and did not take the easy road out when he had the chance. Cro Cop broke his nose and on the ground I guess that 'soft' elbow he threw that split Perosh's forehead open was just part of the taking it easy on him thing that you saw right(with the whole anytime he was in an advantageous position garbage you spewed out above) He let up because the ref stopped the fight to look at the cut, from that point on he just didn't want to get messy, so he did let up a little like I said dumb dumb, 2 mins later the fight was called, but for the majority of the fight Cro Cop did not take it easy on the guy.

Read the post, think a little about it, read other related CP articles on the night that talk about the fight and how a four fight deal was given to Perosh from the UFC.....put it all together and make a comment, disagree with whomever you like, make sure you understand what the person you are talking to is saying and try not to keep the trolling to a minimum with the Gay tough guy talk.

Good Luck

mthomas- February 23, 2010 at 5:31 pm
@Viva Hate: Best comment here, hands down. Definitely shirt-worthy
Dr.- February 23, 2010 at 2:36 pm
@ cecils_pupils:

Nice. The most appropriate name/comments in this thread. Cecil's eyes are definitely guilty of mishaps and miscalls.
pepelepue80- February 23, 2010 at 1:17 pm
I wonder if Cro-Cop was thinking about fishing during this fight.
Numa- February 23, 2010 at 1:14 pm
I think it shows a good sign of the sport, considering all the people who think MMA is a human cock fight. Here you have someone known to knock people retarded, and considering all factors, Cro Cop didn't do this guy life long damage... minus the nasty scar that left.
cecils_pupils- February 23, 2010 at 1:14 pm
woops! Sorry, meant to give the funny props to El Famous Burrito - hilarious bro!

Yes, I know, I will put the bong down and get back to work.
cecils_pupils- February 23, 2010 at 1:11 pm
@El Guapo - that, my friend, is hilarious!
petro- February 23, 2010 at 1:04 pm
CroCop sucks.

Just sayin'.
CroCops Gluteus Maximus- February 23, 2010 at 12:54 pm
@ Get Off Me

You are a fucking retard to say that Mirko didn't hold back, he clearly made minimal attempts at any form of a kick (i think he attempted one kick to the head, and missed if any at all)

In CroCop's more recent past, he has portrayed himself as man of intellect with his participation in government and opinions about government officials, he displayed mercy for Perosh in that fight out of respect for him taking the fight on ridiculously short notice to a competitor with the arguably the most deadly kicks of all time in MMA

Where the hell do you see him not holding back in the fight? Yes, nowadays he generally remains patient but he will explode when he feels it is opportune, there was no explosion in Mirko at any point in the fight

I was dissappointed with the fight as it was relatively boring and I sadly wanted to see Mirko send Perosh to the graveyard with his left leg, but that didn't happen as Mirko is the anti-meathead form of fuckheads like Brock Lesnar who spit whatever comes to their head outta their mouths

I can't believe anyone would attest to Mirko's statement, one of the first things that came to my mind, when Perosh displayed his absolute inability to inflict damage of any kind or establish any advantageous position was that Mirko was holding back

In conclusion, 'Get Off Me', you are an assbandit homo, and go suck on Kimbo's Fatass Slice
DazedNConfused- February 23, 2010 at 12:46 pm
Perosh is of croation descent, he took a fight early and obviously was a couple levels under Cro-cop. Mirko barely threw any kicks, and a couple times in the fight, especially after the cut, his expressions showed some remorse for sure. I think it was a situation where Cro-cop didnt want to royally fuck up a man who's also croation. Plus he sucks. If Perosh had some Serbian ancestory im sure it would have been different:P. By the way im actually Serbian, and I like Cro-cop, but knowing what people are like from that area. I think its a situation where Cro-cops giving a croat a break. In my opinion it's not a bad thing to do. As long as Cro-cop doesnt start doing it to everyone. I want him to kill Rothwell haha.
alau112- February 23, 2010 at 12:38 pm
@ superflat: agreed

There is no honor totally destroying someone who is that out of your league. Cro Cop probably held back out of respect for Perosh, allowing him to end the fight as a tough son of a bitch, rather than just a bitch.
El Famous Burrito- February 23, 2010 at 12:35 pm
He says the same thing about fishing.

When the Croatian Mackerel looks at him with those fishy little eyes, he sees an entire fish family, broken and starving and poor. It breaks his heart, so he gently removes the hook and returns him to his home in the sea.

Fuckin' pussy.
2gq4u- February 23, 2010 at 12:29 pm
This actually lends far more argument to CroCop being a shot fighter than him just being capable of finishing.
You can't be worried about hurting your opponent when you throw a strike if you expect to win. Imagine CroCop actually had a ground game and maybe knew how to apply a kneebar or an armbar. He'd never get the submission because he wouldn't be willing to torque hard enough to break the limb or pop his knee. Killer instinct plays a HUGE part in MMA and CroCop just doesn't have it anymore.

Like Fedor said, something broke in him.
Macaroni- February 23, 2010 at 12:27 pm
Cro-Cop has definitely lost his touch if he was fighting with 'mercy'. He was going against a fighter who had a chance to immortalize his name by putting the nail in Cro-Cops coffin, and he decides to take it easy?
superflat- February 23, 2010 at 12:12 pm
I'll give Mirko the benefit of the doubt here. Sure, his career needs a boost... but not really. More to the point, you always risk injury going for the knockout. Why not hold back for the fight with Ben Rothwell? Give Perosh somewhat of a break without looking awful, come out unscathed, everyone wins.
Get Off Me- February 23, 2010 at 12:07 pm
Did I miss something???
Perosh did not come out of that fight looking like his opponent took it easy on him.

It would be like BJ sayin'"I took it easy on Diego during our fight"

Cro Cop did everything but go balls out for a kill, I fail to see the correlation between Perosh's look post fight and Cro Cop taking it easy on Perosh.

Cro Cop let up a little after the gash was looked at, but by no means did you take it easy on the guy, he just didn't want to get Perosh's blood all over him probably, or at least that's what his body language was saying.
El Guapo- February 23, 2010 at 12:05 pm
I believe him... Mirko had that "Just stay down already, Hippo" look on his face more than once. Perosh's offense consisted of shooting, getting stuffed, rinse, repeat. Not exactly an offensive juggernaut. Maybe had the Hippo been even a tad dangerous, Cro Cop would've stopped him earlier. But I really do think he kinda felt bad for the guy.

By the way, does Perosh remind anybody of Forrest Gump??
Kimbos Bread- February 23, 2010 at 11:45 am
Okay there Mirko "Cop Out".

Although he did seem reluctant to throw those kicks.
destinationblood- February 23, 2010 at 11:41 am
Did anyone else catch the look on cro cops face after Perosh said he would continue? He had a look of disbelief, shrugged his shoulders, shook his head and put his hands us... in Croatian i believe that means "REALLY YOU ASSHOLE?!?!?"
GroundFighterMMA- February 23, 2010 at 11:39 am
Shenanigans, Tomfoolery, possibly even Skullduggery.
RwilsonR- February 23, 2010 at 11:38 am
I definitely think there is a place for mercy in this sport when a popular main card fighter is matched up against an undersized unknown fighter who took the fight with less than a week's notice. And it isn't just CropCop taking mercy on Perosh. Look at how Kimbo took mercy Petruzelli in the same situation.
cecils_pupils- February 23, 2010 at 11:24 am
Umm... I think he also avoided the ground since that is Perosh's strength and his weakness. But, still, awwwweeeee what a nice guy!
provrorsbarn- February 23, 2010 at 11:22 am
Perosh is also croatian...
Viva Hate- February 23, 2010 at 11:01 am
This is a kinder, gentler Cro Cop, he also enjoys long walks on Croatian beaches, White Zinfandel, and the timeless music of Duran Duran.