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Video: Cro Cop Talks Injuries, His Storied Career and His Future in MMA

(Video courtesy MMAWeekly)

During a media scrum ahead of his UFC 119 bout with Frank Mir, Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic was asked about his career, his future in MMA and whether or not chasing a title is in his plans.

When asked where he sees himself in the UFC’s heavyweight division, Cro Cop danced around the question like a politician.

"I see myself only Saturday night in front of Frank Mir. That’s where I can see myself so far."

Responding to another reporter’s query of whether he wakes up with the urge to be a UFC champion, the former PRIDE and K-1 star gave a much more direct answer.

"I don’t know if it happens every morning, but from time-to-time it happens, definitely. It’s hard, though, when you turn 37 and counting the Frank Mir fight, it will be my seventieth career fight — thirty-seventh fight in MMA and I had 33 K1 fights," he explained. "When you have 70 professional fights by the time you’re 37, you think a little bit differently than when you were at the age of 25. But I love fighting."

That being said, Mirko says he hasn’t really begun to think what he will do after he hangs up his Croation flag shorts.

"I don’t know. I didn’t think too much about it. Whatever happens happens. I was lucky. I managed to secure myself and my family financially, so I don’t need to be concerned," Cro Cop said. "I don’t have to do anything. Of course I would like to stay in the sport and most likely I would start [to do] seminars around the world — definitely stick with MMA. That’s my love. That’s my job. That’s my destiny. That’s all."

One thing Mirko might not have wanted to divulge to a guy like Mir, who has been known to break arms, take guys’ legs home with him and mention that he wants to kill his opponents and snap their bones, is that he has one recurring injury that could force him into retirement if it gets damage inflicted to it again.

*editor’s note: If you’re Frank Mir and you’re reading this article, first off, thanks for ignoring our request to have you on The Bum Rush, and second, if you read any further, you are a cheating bastard without an ounce of honor.

For everyone else, here’s the skinny on Mirko’s figurative Achilles heel:

"I had six surgeries during my career. I had four surgeries for my knee and I don’t think I will survive another knee surgery. I mean, not survive sports-wise. You have to find the strength to go for surgery and then you go for rehabilitation six, seven, eight months. I don’t want to have to go through that any more," he explained earnestly. "Any fight could be the last one. [An injury] doesn’t have to happen in a fight. A fight is nothing when you compare it to training when you have two or three sparring partners changing on you every three minutes. If any major injuries come, it will definitely affect my future as a fighter. And you don’t know when it will happen."

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cecils_pupils- September 23, 2010 at 9:51 am
@Dazed and @Wisest - Glad to know I am not the only one seein' things...
Ballkick- September 23, 2010 at 8:43 am
I loved CroCop in K1 and Pride, I still think he is a great fighter and a exceptionally decent human being.
I've also always liked Frank Mir and pulled for him even when he showed up fat and outta shape for some fights. But this is a new and improved Frank Mir who will quite possibly put Mirko down like a old lame dog. Hate to refer to such a legend of the sport like that but, it is what it is.

Frank will handle Mirko with few if any problems.

If the UFC has any business sense, and I know they do. Mirko would be invaluable as a liaison for the UFC in Europe, and a damned fine one at that.
Kimbos Bread- September 23, 2010 at 8:13 am
Mirko just said it. He cannot throw kicks because his knees are messed up.

That makes it final. Mirko is officially too old for this shit.

@ Fatbellyfrank

I'm right there with you!
jimbonics- September 22, 2010 at 10:18 pm
I cannot recall seeing Mirko so humble and human. He answered every question as succinctly as one could expect.

Plus, his right eye is all kinds of bloodied and fucked up.

Mirko > Frank
fatbellyfrank- September 22, 2010 at 9:35 pm
^^ and you can stay with us rent free for as long as you like Bro
ThrashingMad- September 22, 2010 at 9:21 pm
I can't tell if Cro Cop is the most cerebral MMA fighter or simply the most honest.
dranokills- September 22, 2010 at 9:10 pm
All American man!
But if we get another fuckbucket like Obomanation again I'm fucking moving to Australia.
BONGTAR- September 22, 2010 at 8:50 pm
direct tv most premium televiosions peckage
TheWisestWizard- September 22, 2010 at 8:37 pm
Haha Cecil_pupils...the same thing happened to me.
fatbellyfrank- September 22, 2010 at 7:07 pm
@ Drano, I will raise a frosty one in your general direction, before, during and after the bout, whatever the outcome, oh and dont knock the pecker and rabid wallaby thing until you give it a cuppla goes, hurts like fuck the first time, but in a strangely erotic way :) and an Aussie Aussie Aussie back at ya Bro, and I will sing the Star spangled banner in your honour (Fuck I hope yer not Canadian)
King Kong Kim- September 22, 2010 at 6:56 pm
To sum up... I'm getting too old for this shit, my bodies falling apart, I'm going to retire after this fight.
dranokills- September 22, 2010 at 6:48 pm

fatbellyfrank Says:
Thu, 09/23/2010 - 03:04

Dear Lord, Yup, me again, that annoying fat Australian prick, Please let Mirko kick the shit out of Mir on the weekend, I know your not really into the violence thing, but Mir is a dickwad, and Mirko would just be smiting an infidel when it all boils down to it, grant me this one, and I will definitely stop bugging you for Lotto numbers and winning Horses
FBF you KNOW I luv you my brutha from anotha motha(land).
GOD I hate Cro crop.
He is about as exciting as a yeast infection.
I know...I know....Frank Mir is one chromosome away from being a fucking window licking mongoloid, but damn it to hell cro crop at his most exciting is about as much fun as having your pecker pulled off by a rabid wallaby.
I will end it with a hearty AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE, and drink a beer to you no matter that we disagree.
DazedNConfused- September 22, 2010 at 6:43 pm
haha @ Cecils I thought the same thing. I can handle Sonnen getting caught with roid abuse, but Crocop? I couldn't believe it.

As for this fight, I hope it turns into a FOTN contender. It could be.
DiazBrotherFromAnotherMother- September 22, 2010 at 5:49 pm
@ fatbelly ^^^
DiazBrotherFromAnotherMother- September 22, 2010 at 5:38 pm
Amen sir
fatbellyfrank- September 22, 2010 at 5:35 pm
@ CZ, be my guest Bro
cecils_pupils- September 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm
I looked at the headline and thought it said "Cro Cop Talks Injuries, His STEROID Career and His Future in MMA"

Man - too many Steroid headlines lately my eyes are playin' tricks on me.
CZ- September 22, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Well played. Very well played, hope its cool I borrow that prayer.
MyFightWiffaCheeto- September 22, 2010 at 5:11 pm
Mirko = MMA

Great ambassador for the UFC in Europe when he retires.
BryanF- September 22, 2010 at 5:11 pm
@ Fried Taco

He said "Right leg 'ospital, Left leg...'ospital. Then retirement home."
PERPATRAITOR- September 22, 2010 at 5:10 pm
Straight cross ftw! MirKO > Mir
fatbellyfrank- September 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm
Dear Lord, Yup, me again, that annoying fat Australian prick, Please let Mirko kick the shit out of Mir on the weekend, I know your not really into the violence thing, but Mir is a dickwad, and Mirko would just be smiting an infidel when it all boils down to it, grant me this one, and I will definitely stop bugging you for Lotto numbers and winning Horses
Fried Taco- September 22, 2010 at 4:48 pm
Tricky! You didn't mention which knee!