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It usually takes a lot to upset Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, but the Croation fighter seemed to have reached a boiling point while doing a live chat on Croation sports news website Gol.hr this week. Although he made mention a handful of times during the interview of the fact that he wasn’t mad at Chael Sonnen for the recent comments “The American Gangster” made about PRIDE fights being fixed, you can tell that Chael struck a nerve with his offhand remarks.
“There is an old proverb that says: ‘Don’t argue with a fool. People won’t be able to tel the difference.’ I’ve always upheld to that. I never wanted to lower myself to that level…I’m not the first one he has taken a shot at. I had the opportunity when I was in the United States to ask some people who work for the UFC, ‘Is this man crazy or is he just craving attention?’ A man higher up in the UFC told me, ‘He’s both,’ which means he is crazy and is also craving attention,” Filipovic explained. “I’m not mad at him. I’m really not mad at this Sonnen character.”
“I don’t want your viewers to get offended. I am not the creator of any anthropological theories, but you can tell by his face that the man is slow — that he is stupid and he has the IQ of a children’s shoe size. You can tell this by his face. The way he communicates and let’s not get into his calling out of people like [Minotauro] Nogueira, diminishing Fedor’s or Wanderlei Silva‘s or my accomplishments and so on — people whose heights he will never reach. Is he crazy? He obviously is, but I’m not mad at him,” cro Cop explained. “It’s just as I can’t get mad at my eight-month-old son, Fillip. The other day he walked over, took my glove and threw it on the floor. Should I get mad? That’s a child who doesn’t understand. It’s the same with Sonnen. He doesn’t understand. I can’t be mad at him about such accusations about fixed fights.That is a man who no one should pay attention to.”
Whether or not he’s mad at Sonnen is of secondary importance to the more pressing question: Did he really name his son Fillip Filipovic? Man, that’s a name that’s going to haunt that kid later in life.