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Cro Cop’s Secret to Getting Back to PRIDE Form: A New Alarm Clock

(Mirko was known for being a lightweight when it came to partying. Two Ambiens and a Zima and he was dead to the world until 3pm the next day.)

Nokaut was on hand at Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic’s gym during one of the Croation fighter’s  recent training sessions ahead of his UFC 115 showdown with leg-kick punisher Pat Barry. Apparently the biggest change he has made to his regimen, which he believes will do the most to revive the PRIDE version of himself, is doing the brunt of his training earlier in the morning.

"As the clock had turned 9 AM a non-talking sign was turned on, and Cro Cop begun his regular morning session.

The first big novelty is that Cro Cop does the most of the work in the morning, which is almost an entirely new concept for him. He used to work more on his cardio and power in the mornings, while the remaining daily session was focused on punching, kicking, ground work and other specific MMA elements. Now with Ivan Hyppolite of Netherlands, a former thai-boxing world champion, Mirko experiences big novelties in his trainings, starting with an early morning sessions packed with lots of punching and kicking, wrestling and more."

Sure, Mirko. That’s all it’s going to take. That’s how GSP came back from his loss to Matt Serra. He just started training harder earlier in the day.

I think the writer nailed it (albeit, unintentionally) when he said that the 2006 PRIDE Open Weight Grand Prix Winner has added "novelties" to his training, since the inconsequential tweaks likely won’t change anything moving forward. I don’t know what it is, but Cro Cop hasn’t looked like the fighter who lost by decision to Fedor and knocked out some of the toughest names in the game for quite some time. I don’t think adjusting his schedule is going to give him back the killer instinct he posessed while fighting in Japan.

At least he still has politics and acting if this fighting thing doesn’t work out for him anymore.

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Mr_Misanthropy- May 2, 2010 at 3:39 pm
Pat Barry is like a Shaolin warrior, he must be putting crazy hot sauce on his fish n grits. Have you seen the videos of him doing 12 ft high upside down cart wheel kicks and shit?

He's got a pretty mean Techno Viking too.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 2, 2010 at 3:36 pm
Do unto others as they have done to you
But what the hell is this world coming to?

Blow the universe into nothingness
Nuclear warfare shall lay us to rest

Fight fire with fire
Ending is near
Fight fire with fire
Bursting with fear

We all shall die

Time is like a fuse, short and burning fast
Armageddon is here, like said in the past
cecils_pupils- May 2, 2010 at 10:57 am
Ya know... I wasn't gonna get involved, but I really have to agree with fatbellyfrank on this one. We all like you new dad but the vibe around here has gotten a bit defensive and that just licks taint. Ya gotta roll with the punches more Mike since we are all a bunch of dysfukshunal retarts here...

It needs to be said though that it would really help a lot if parchy and others would stop bringing up the fact that things have changed and being abrasive about it... we know, change is the only constant in life. You gotta roll with it too, parchy.

This is the last time I am gonna comment with a "let's not infight, instead band together" type of schpeel. So please..., let's all just smoke a bowl or have a drink or go gardening if that's what you do... and chill... it's Sunday.
Mike Russell- May 2, 2010 at 10:36 am
I haven't flagged or deleted anything. Did you try to post a link or try to submit the post more than once?
fatbellyfrank- May 1, 2010 at 4:30 pm
No, this cant be true, let Parchy post, hes a proud member of the Nation,
Latinos speak latin, works for me, might just jump in the low rider essae!
parchy mcthirst- May 1, 2010 at 4:17 pm
I just wrote a reply to you and a message appeared saying my post was flagged as spam...pretty neat...
parchy mcthirst- May 1, 2010 at 4:15 pm
Am I seriously getting flagged for spam? Russell, you need to stop infringing upon what people can say on this website. Limitations on openly speaking are only indications that you are a speech and communication tyrant
SiDeBuRnZ- May 1, 2010 at 9:07 am
yeah whatever that latino dude just said.... Wait, latinos speak latin right??

BTW, I love Mike Russell for his snappy first name and classy surname.
fatbellyfrank- May 1, 2010 at 2:00 am
@ Mike, you cant let it bust your balls though man, you'll be a gibbering mess within a month, just accept you won't please everyone, and it wouldn't matter what website your on, or what topic is involved, your just not going to keep everyone happy. Keep pumping out the shit as Ben expects, I'm sure he had some sound reasoning in mind when he hired you, so just keep doing that. And some of us will bitch and moan, some will laugh our asses off, plenty will come back with slightly puzzling takes on the stories, correct grammer, get our panties in a bunch about absolutely jack shit, plus occasional batshit crazy trolls as we experienced over the last few days. But that's the CP demographic Mike, and the beauty of Potato Nation. We're basically a bunch of retart, but we're your audience, keep entertaining and don't let it bring you down.
"Nil Carborundum Illigetimum"
KingAtRock- May 1, 2010 at 12:02 am
wow nice pic of a legend. Stay classy cagepotato.. wait what am I saying..
Mike Russell- April 30, 2010 at 10:31 pm
 @EDoggFunkMonkI have no problem with people voicing their opinions, but Parchy seems to pop up on every one of my posts complaining that CP isn't the same with me here and that he wants BF back. He actually edited his original post on this thread, to "why have you forsaken Cage Potato?" from "this isn't CP any more"which would have illustrated my point. I can take (and dish out) a lot of BS, but his complaining is getting tiresome. Imagine if I came to your work and every time you completed a task, I popped out from around the corner to tell you how crappy of a job you were doing and that I missed the guy who used to do your job. Trust me. It would get old pretty quickly. I couldn't care less if my work pleases everyone because that isn't possible with the subjective nature of humans, but I'm a big believer in the fact that you get back the respect you give to others.
EDoggFunkMonk- April 30, 2010 at 9:42 pm
Cro Cop tries to save money on a Hackey Sack. Balls pay the price.
fatbellyfrank- April 30, 2010 at 9:03 pm
@dumbfucks "I challenge any of you homo's and authors to DO SOMETHING."
About what exactly? we await further information
EDoggFunkMonk- April 30, 2010 at 9:00 pm
I'll work on my contractions while you work on your reading comprehension. (Really, "work on my contractions?" Mortal wound has been inflicted!)

I have no problem with Cage Potato taking shots at a fighter in their post. I have a history of doing the same in the comment section.
Unless commentators get personal and threatening to the author, the comment sections should be safe for readers to comment on the articles without the author threatening to kick them off the site or censoring their posts (aka, Professionalism). This threatens the Potato community that comes here to be part of the humorous side of MMA.
dumbfucks- April 30, 2010 at 8:52 pm
lmao he's a writer for CageYams.... yeah real professional. I challenge any of you homo's and authors to DO SOMETHING.
fatbellyfrank- April 30, 2010 at 8:41 pm
Yeah, Newdad, take a chill pill, the comments go with the territory, you wanna start gettin butthurt because people don't like your articles , you'll start sounding like some dude called Luke Thomas from another website.
This is CP Mike, roll with the punches, and if Parchy gets banned there will be a situation involving CP staffers and semi automatic weapons. Just sayin
Sgt. Grumbles- April 30, 2010 at 8:26 pm
Getting pissy because a site that has a focus on humor makes fun of a fighter you like is pretty stupid. "Professionalism" isn't really the name of the game here, and if you're going to attack someone's professionalism, I'd recommend learning how to properly use contractions first.
EDoggFunkMonk- April 30, 2010 at 8:18 pm
Disappointed in Cage Potato's professionalism in it's comment section. I've never read an article on any web site where the writer attacked readers for their comments. It comes with the job. Plus, parchy mcthirst's original criticism of this post seems to be reasonable. As a Cro Cop fan I would take exception to the glib posting on a training camp note.

And then telling people to leave the site for a competitor's because you don't like what they had to say? There's a reason you've never heard Dana White say "You didn't like UFC 112? F off! Go watch Strikeforce instead!" Because emotional responses mess with the money.
EDoggFunkMonk- April 30, 2010 at 7:58 pm
New Sex Fetish: The Cro Cop, pleasure that can only be achieved by inserting your foot into your own anus.
David_Banner- April 30, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Let me start by saying the pic almost caused me to shit myself laughing. Finally, I'd like to say I don't appreciate you trashing Mirko. We all know MMA is 90% mental, and if this gives my friend that "edge" he needs then gotdamnit, so be it. WAR CROCOPS!!!!!!!!!!!
chewbakker82- April 30, 2010 at 6:45 pm
I think Cro Cop should start taking his performance enhancers earlier in the morning. that would be a sure fire way to get back into his "Pride" shape. Seriously though, I would be happy if in his next fight, as soon as the bell rings, he just starts firing left head kicks. Just over and over again. Just hopping around on one leg firing head kicks. I don't know why but that would make me happy.
parchy mcthirst- April 30, 2010 at 5:59 pm
By the way Russell, I was here before you so pipe down with your asinine suggestion about going to Bloody Elbow. How about you quit your job at Cage Potato? Mmmmmkay? Thanks.

Fight Fan, a many thanks for not tolerating some control freak of a writer and responding to him
parchy mcthirst- April 30, 2010 at 5:55 pm
Russell, your butt hurt because you receive criticism on your articles and that somehow means I'm a whiny bitch? You should learn to take criticism in stride instead of bickering about it as if someone just stole your lollipop

Good job on trying to limit all criticism and open thoughts on Cage Potato. Way to distort and control how people should reply

You're the man Russel, big up's son
robthom- April 30, 2010 at 5:20 pm
Title FTW.

I'd pay more to read that title (and pretty keen PS) than watch CC fight again.
Japanadian- April 30, 2010 at 4:03 pm
@Mike, lol, nothing wrong with a little crocop bashing the way he's been fighting. We all love classic crocop, but then classic Tito was fun to watch and everyone rips on him now.