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Mirko Cro Cop Explains Bizarre Mid-Fight Conversation With Frank Mir at UFC 119

("I took many lessons from this fight. For example, not all Americans are as affectionate as Pat Barry.")

If you were one of the poor bastards who suffered through UFC 119‘s woeful main event, you may have noticed Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic and Frank Mir having a little chat in the third round. Mid-fight trash talk, perhaps? A friendly "is that all you got, bitch?" maybe, or the ever-reliable "you ain’t shit"? Not exactly. As Cro Cop explained to (translated by Fighters Only), he was asking if Mir would be kind enough to let go of their clinch so they could stand and bang. The exchange basically went like this:

Cro Cop: Let me go, let’s go to the center and fight.
Mir: Let’s go to the mat.
Cro Cop: OK — if I’m on top.
Mir: We’ll stay in the clinch.

Eventually the ref broke them up and Cro Cop got his wish, even though he was knocked out by a knee to the jaw shortly after. Filipovic now joins the super-exclusive club of whacked-out MMA fighters who try to negotiate better positions during a fight, only to be refused by their opponents and then lose in humiliating fashion. At this point, the only other member of that club is Paulo Filho.

After returning to Croatia, Filipovic did another interview in which he flagrantly violated a recent CagePotato Ban — bad Mirko! — and assured everyone that he’ll be returning to the UFC. Twice, in fact…

(Props: 10crocop)

Excerpt"I prepared as much as I could with all these injuries that have followed me…[I] lost 6.5 KG since arriving in Indianapolis. Also I was a bit sick there…Before fight I had injuries with back and knee. I need to fix that. This year of course I will not fight (again). I have option for two more fights, knowing myself I will do both.”

His bizarre submission win over Pat Barry notwithstanding, Cro Cop’s UFC career has been marked by uninspired wins against outmatched opponents (Eddie Sanchez, Mostapha Al Turk, Anthony Perosh) and embarrassing losses to contenders (Gabriel Gonzaga, Junior Dos Santos, Frank Mir). To assume that Dana White would bring Mirko back for another sure-to-disappoint performance seems like a stretch. Especially in the UFC’s current "one strike and you’re out" era…

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schalk- October 9, 2010 at 1:55 am
Nope actually what was said was

Mirko: blah blah blah

Mir: what??

Mirko: gmmfff blah huh?

Mir: What the fuck u on about retard?

Mirko: nandrolone grrrrrr anadrol blah blah cocaine duhhhhh?

Mir: fucking chemical experiment, forgot to take your shit retard??

Mirko: Duhhh (what mirko meant is Da)

Mir: let me end your mental suffering, meet Mister Knee, fucking slow coach

Mirko rgains composure the next day

DazedNConfused- September 28, 2010 at 6:44 pm
@ You're dumb, Brandan Schaub sucks. I don't think he can hang with any top fighters, or even old legends YET. He's in a great camp and will be good one day, but I think he'd still lose to most top fighters at the moment. Crocop, Big Nog and even Pat Berry would beat him. But yes Roy Nelson is actually pretty damn good. I hope he gets a good challenge next.
DazedNConfused- September 28, 2010 at 6:39 pm
basically he said his coaches told him to hold his aggression until the last round. With all his injuries and low amount of training since of the short notice he'd be tired/would hurt himself. He was planning on going hard in the last two minutes but somehow got knocked out. He didn't like Mir holding him against the cage. If he had more time to train it would have been more exciting. He was worried to kick because he was worried Mir would catch his leg and tire him out on the ground. His jaw is fine, it didnt break or hurt anything, he feels fine. He believes he will fight two times, but not this year. He has tons of injuries. Infact his back and knee were hurt before the fight. He believes he did fine with such short notice, esp against such a top fighter, but he is disappointed and believes he would have won with more notice. I don't remember it all, but I do understand the language...

Either way he needs to retire. I know he wants to fight two more times but he is too injured. Like every fight his knees are fucked, and that's the most exciting part. I think Dana will give him his last two fights. Probably against Big Nog and maybe Couture or someone older. It could be a decent fight(s).
Your Dumb- September 28, 2010 at 6:09 pm
I'm sure Dana wouldn't mind bringing him back to feed him to either Roy Nelson or Brendan Schaub
fatbellyfrank- September 28, 2010 at 4:59 pm
Please dont Mirko in the cage again, he looked absolutely fucken shithouse on the weekend, and I'm a huge Cro- Cop nut hugger
DiazBrotherFromAnotherMother- September 28, 2010 at 2:29 pm
the mid fight convo id be most interested in would be paul daley v koscheck, when koscheck was layin on him wispering in his ear for the whole last round. he was probably calling him a stinky jigaboo or something to that effect lol
MoonBelly- September 28, 2010 at 1:34 pm
I don't know about negotiating, but in the Saunders v Swick fight there was clearly audible conversation between the two with regards to Killer B holding Swick down. I think that fight should be in the same club.
Kimbos Bread- September 28, 2010 at 11:32 am
Cro Cop: Let me go, let's go to the center and fight.
Mir: Let's go to the mat.
Cro Cop: OK — if I'm on top. Kitchen counter top.
Mir: We'll stay in the clinch.
Cro Cop: No I will not say you are my bitch. Are you on the pill?
Mir: No.
Cro Cop: spit or swallow?
Mir: shhh here he comes...

Bill Jackson- September 28, 2010 at 11:12 am
Cro Cop: So, you've been training with Jake Shields?

Mir: How did you know?
cecils_pupils- September 28, 2010 at 10:01 am
How quaint... only a day later and we already have ourselves a MiniMir troll.

God I love this place. :)
RwilsonR- September 28, 2010 at 9:21 am
CroCop and Mir had a conversation in the third round? I must have missed it. I guess that's what happens when they put me to sleep midway through the first round. It was like a vertical Jake Shields fight.

They'll give CroCop another fight, but probably in England or Germany. He did do the UFC a favor by taking the fight on somewhat short notice.
Mini Mir- September 28, 2010 at 9:12 am
Nuh-uh. When I grow up I'm going to have chin pubes just like my dad.
One Two- September 28, 2010 at 9:11 am
just another case for the yellow card, mir standing lay n prayed because he was afraid to fight and couldn't get him down making the fight suck. refs need to start breaking that shit up.

he'll deffinately get another fight he was doing the UFC a FAVOR by taking that fight on short notice.
Videodrome_NOW- September 28, 2010 at 8:44 am
@Mini Mir
So is your dad. See above^.
Mini Mir- September 28, 2010 at 8:39 am
Cro Cop is a FAGGET!
MoTropolis- September 28, 2010 at 8:38 am
People also dont speak too clearly when they have a tumbleweed directly below their mouth which muffles most of their speech or when they have recently been on the receiving end of several nasty KO's. So Mir's speech is double fucked.
Turd Furgeson- September 28, 2010 at 8:36 am
CroCop: So, what's up?

Mir: Not much.

CroCop: Boring fight, huh?

Mir: Yeah.
J-Dog- September 28, 2010 at 8:31 am
The were talking right in front of me and I couldn't make out exactly what they were saying. I think I heard something like "come on let's fight" or something to that effect. People don't usually speak real clearly with mouthpieces in, esp. while struggling against an opponent!
CAP10- September 28, 2010 at 8:27 am
I'd like the UFC to put a Crocop-Hunt rematch in the dark portion of a card. It would have the possibility of having a spectacular knockout but if nothing happens they can simply ignore that it ever happened.
Jab and Jive- September 28, 2010 at 8:27 am
Cro Cop: You know what would be funny...If we broke the clinch and you knocked me out with a knee.
Mir: No way, I'm just gonna sit here in the clinch for the next few minutes and win via hugfest.
(Cro Cop headbutts Mir's Knee and loses consciousness)
Mir: Touché, Coppy, Touché.
Videodrome_NOW- September 28, 2010 at 8:24 am
Cro cop- "You're nothing but a gentleman, Frank. I don't feel threatened by you at all. You really know how to make a man feel good. "

Mir-"Is it ok if I bring my son in here and put him in between us, like, sandwich style? He's a bit homophobic and I want him to learn that it's ok to lay and gay against the fence all day."
danomite- September 28, 2010 at 8:22 am
Well at least he can remember the conversation. That's good right?
MoTropolis- September 28, 2010 at 8:22 am
This last UFC raises a lot of question about the next fight for a lot of these guys. Like who the hell do you give Sherk next as a step up in competition when he didnt actually win his fight? Who is a good match up for Serra now? Who do you give Dunham to considering he is the one who should be getting a step up in competition?? And I would bet money that the UFC isnt going to match up Bader and Jones, and lose one of their youngest, rising stars as a title contender. The biggest question tho is how is Mark Hunt gonna eat his fried chicken and pulled pork with that nasty arm injury??
MoTropolis- September 28, 2010 at 8:15 am
Cro Cop: "Hey Frank, you got some shit on your knee."

Mir: "Well wipe it off for me."

Cro Cop: Ok, lemme get a closer look firszzzzzzzzzzzzz..."
Viva Hate- September 28, 2010 at 8:02 am
Lies, here is what was really said.

Cro Cop: Ever seen a grown man naked?
Mir: What? Maybe, does Wes Sims count?
Cro Cop: Cleveland Steamer?
Mir: Fuck Cleveland
Cro Cop: Alligator Fuckhouse?
Mir:Fuck alligators
Cro Cop:Boston pancake?
Mir:Fuck pancakes and Boston.
Cro Cop: Chili dog?
Mir: fuck em both.
Cro Cop: Anrgy pirate?
Mir: Fuck pirates!
Cro Cop:Space docking?
Mir:Fuck space!
Cro Cop: glass bottom boat?
Mir:Fuck boats!
Cro Cop: cincinatti bowtie?
Mir: Fuck cincy!
Cro Cop: Tony Danza?
Mir: Fuck Whose the Boss!
Cro Cop: Exactly!
Mir: What?
Cro Cop: I miss Pat.