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Cro Cop Talks Dana White, Steroid Users and the Possible End of His Career During Live Video Chat on Croatian Website Last Night

Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has never been a fighter who holds his tongue when he disagrees with something even if his choice of words might land him in hot water.

The live video chat he did with the Croation sports news website Gol.hr last night was no exception.

During the hour-long segment on the episode of F2F Sport, Mirko touched on a number of topics including his upcoming UFC 128 bout with Brendan Schaub, the possibility of retirement, his thoughts on Dana White and the rampant use of performance enhancing drugs in MMA.

Here’s what Cro Cop had to say:

About how prepared he is for his fight with Schaub:

”I am in excellent condition. I’ve never been in such good condition. I think I’ve reached the peak. Six weeks of bloody sparring we did. I had three great heavyweights who were lined up changing every minute. It was a torment to endure them.”

About how he sees the fight going:

”It is impossible to predict anything. It all depends on what Schaub will do. I think Schaub will try to take it to the ground. My stand-up is better than his and I’m physically stronger. I expect a long, hard fight.”

About his plans moving forward:

”To continue fighting, we need to win both of the last two fights on my contract. If I do not get past Schaub, it would not be fair to continue. If I lose to Schaub, I will have to think long and hard about whether I will fight again or whether it will be my last fight. It would be time to move on, admit that the blade is dull for me and how my life has changed. If I win this fight and my next fight and extend the contract, the third fight will be qualifying for a title shot. Mirko difference in PRIDE and UFC

About why his performance against Frank Mir was less than stellar:

”I could not train much – because I broke my orbital bone. I expected that Mir would attack, but he was passive. I am sorry that the fight took place in a manner in which the fans were not pleased. I apologize to all those who were left disappointed by it.”

About why, mentally, things have changed for him as a fighter:

”I am now a father of two children. I have had five operations. I experienced a lot. I was always in good physical shape, but there is always the subconscious that you can not control. You can figure out that the issue is probably the fear of injury, but it’s not fair to the fans when you hold back because of a mental issue like that.”

About whom he gives the edge to in the Shogun-Jones fight:

”I would even dare to give the edge to Jon Jones in that fight. He’s hungry, young and very explosive. I’ll Cheer for the Shogun, as he was my colleague from PRIDE, but Jones has a better chance and could win.”

About whether or not he would consider dropping to light heavyweight:

”I’m not sure if they would license a fighter with one leg. I would have to cut off my leg to lose 13 pounds. My ideal weight is 102 or 103 kilograms.”

About Fedor and the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix:

“Fedor’ for me always has been and always will be the greatest fighter of all time in this sport. Antonio Silva had an advantage in his size and with his long arms. The man was hard up, hungry for victory, which is no surprise. But the Strikeforce Grand Prix is diluted. They should have all the heavyweights to fight in one place and do the quarter-finals. Unfortunately, with the unfortunate defeat of Fedor it will still dilute it further.”

About UFC president Dana White:

“Dana is a top manager who has done a superb job with the UFC. I do not approve of the way he works because the UFC too often revolves around him and he’s often in conflict with everyone. He also has a very rough way of talking about Fedor. I understand that White was exasperated because he refused to sign with the UFC, but he is to disrespectful with the words he uses about Fedor. He has no right to talk about Fedor like that. No one does. I’m sure dana had his five minutes after he lost to Werdum — a fighter ufc basicly kicked out. He is an extremely intelligent man, and the UFC know why it works having him as their president.”

About fighting in a cage as opposed to a ring:

”Even I have not adapted to the cage. I do not like fighting in a cage. I find the wire disgusting, but I have to respect the rules. The ring will always be my favorite. It has a sporty feel to it. A cage is barbaric and animalistic.”

About whether or not there is a PED problem in MMA:

“Many fighters take hormones for growth, I’m sure of it. That’s the stuff that can’t be detected in urine tests. In Japan there were no tests. They did some just for the sake of it, but it was an, “I swear I did it,” kind of thing. The contract was fighter’s word. Guys could easily take someone else’s urine and give it to the tester. I’m not even convinced that they even sent the urine to test at the end at all.”

About who he thinks are obvious culprits:

Overeem used something for sure and so did Lesnar. They didn’t get that big from eating potatoes.”

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peacekeeper- March 12, 2011 at 4:26 am
I think Cro Cop has a formidable adversary in Schaub and I give advantage to the latter. But I'd like to see the veteran leave with his legacy intact!
David_Banner- March 12, 2011 at 3:56 am
Crocop will always be 1# in my book.
Mongrel- March 11, 2011 at 11:30 pm
I don't think CroCop has ever heard of water-weight... I mean, he probably weighs less than most of the 205s in their off-season. The heavyweight division has changed from the pride days, now you have seriously huge mofos who have serious skills. You just can't be competitive at HW while weighing 225pounds at a late stage in your career, or at least, CroCop won't be.

Don't get me wrong, I hope he kick's Schaub's head clean off, but I don't think it'll happen.
ccman- March 11, 2011 at 6:21 pm
Ummmm, when did rogan say this? Link please?
Jonny5- March 11, 2011 at 4:48 pm
I mean everyone "expects" Schaub to win this one to stay just "one step" behind Big Country. A loss for Schaub here and Crocop could be seeing a legit fight for his last fight of his contract. Someone like Ben Rothwell would seem about right for the UFC I would think. I for one kind of want Crocop to go on this 2 fight min. win streak and see him back in the mix but somehow think maybe his blade has seen too many battles already...
Jonny5- March 11, 2011 at 4:35 pm
Brendan Schaub top 15 at HW rite now in the world and on a 3 fight win streak since losing the TUF contract to Big Country. Good fight for Crocop to see where he stands, if he ever has a shot of hanging with the elite HW's out there. I unfortunately have to pick the younger and hungrier Schaub on this one. Good Luck Crocop
ghostboner- March 11, 2011 at 2:34 pm
Mirko is the man. Wild Boys is cool in eastern Europe so don't be hatin on that. I hope he sticks it to Schaub and then retires on a win.
Brett- March 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm
Overeem has now gone on record saying he has taken roids for three years according to Joe Rogan.
Dan The Viking- March 11, 2011 at 1:57 pm
lol@anyone cheering for Schaub.
Most unmarketable HW in UFC.
Not that he cant be a good fighter some day, but thats like having Ace Franklin as your fav LHW, just hilarious.

CroCop is a hell of a man and a great representitive for MMA past/present.

He would have more respect in this new era of fans if he had a purple fauxhawk and barbwire on his leg. And I wake up everyday thankful that he does not.
djp1988- March 11, 2011 at 1:07 pm
Take note Rashad,
THAT is the proper way to piss of your boss.
ccman- March 11, 2011 at 12:42 pm
You know, these twitter\facebook update completly skewing stories and misrepresenting story update in comment fucking suck. Fix this shit or don't 'upgrade' to broken software. I owned a .com. is this seriously the best version for a fucking blog?
ccman- March 11, 2011 at 11:40 am
Cro cop is far and away my all time favorite pride throwback. He was the last fighter that got me out of my seat screaming at a tv. Everything fedor could have been minus dirty russian scams is cro cop. If fedor approched mma like crocop I would be a die hard fan forever.
KarmaAteMyCat- March 11, 2011 at 10:39 am
Oh snap! OH SNAP! That was funny.
Fedor vs. Bas- March 11, 2011 at 10:30 am
Smart man, except Overeem & Lesnar ate Cage Potatoes.
rogerw- March 11, 2011 at 10:15 am
Can't disagree with him on anything there.
LOKI- March 11, 2011 at 10:14 am
CroCop is one of the most honerable and only 'real man' fighters ever.(bike shorts and Wyld Boyz not withstanding)
No ghey ass tattoos, no waxing his cheast, no tanning, and I still remenber like a week after he lost to Minotauro he was on a Croation talk show and they were speaking ill of Nog and CroCop basically told them all to 'go home and get their respective fuckin shineboxes'.
I hope he murders Shaub.
Dog Dicks Magoo- March 11, 2011 at 9:53 am
Mirko is what every fighter should aspire to be he's very humble and he's a hard worker. Dana White has nice man breasts I would like to massage them sometime.
mDino- March 11, 2011 at 9:47 am
i duno why anyone is dissing cro cop hes a legend and a pioneer. hes been thru harder stuff then any of you will prob ever go thru.
philoebeddoe- March 11, 2011 at 9:33 am
Nice to hear him stick up for his old buddy Fedor. Dana is a dick, but he's right alot of the time.
RwilsonR- March 11, 2011 at 9:19 am
CroCop seemed like a cranky old man even back when he was a young man. Although nice to hear him talk about Fedor so nicely.
Morningwood- March 11, 2011 at 9:18 am
these comments remind me of why Randy Moss was cut from New England.

His blade is dull, his fights are worse each time. Retire and become one of the heavyweights they switch every minute for rellavent fighters training.
omunto- March 11, 2011 at 9:06 am
”I’m not sure if they would license a fighter with one leg. I would have to cut off my leg to lose 13 pounds. My ideal weight is 102 or 103 kilograms.”

Lazy ass old man. Your not walking around with 2% body fat and your not 6'7" so yeah it would be very possible to make light heavyweight. You just don't want to.
Fried Taco- March 11, 2011 at 9:01 am
Ah, shit, now what am I going to do with all these bags of potatoes?
KarmaAteMyCat- March 11, 2011 at 8:58 am
No dumbass he ate horse meat! A DUR! Potato's were the side dish! HURP DURP! Get Em Shcuab!
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