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‘Worn Out’ Cro Cop Ponders Retirement After Rough Outing at UFC 103

(Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)

After Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic‘s ugly loss to Junior Dos Santos at UFC 103 on Saturday, it was clear that his will to win has eroded even more than his skills as a fighter. For two-and-a-half rounds, we saw a backpedaling, hesitant, shadow of Cro Cop’s former self get outstruck by someone he would have murdered three years ago. It was obviously the end of the line for Filipovic as a relevant competitor — and nobody sees that as clearly as Mirko himself. As he told (translated by Robert K. at

I fucked up and that’s all there is to it. Maybe the ones who I’ve said that I’m done are right. Obviously I can’t break my mental block in the Octagon. Besides, I’ve been training like a spartan for 20 years now, my body is worn out. The years caught up to me, I’ve been worn out…I want a normal life. I’m entering a cage and thinking about fishing in Privlaka. You can’t win that way.

As he saw it, the stoppage-due-to-blindness was just a speeding up of the inevitable:

Dos Santos punched me in the eye and tore my eye-lid. Blood and sweat completely blurred my vision. I was standing there like a blind man. At one moment I confused my opponent and the referee…I didn’t ask the judge to stop [the fight]. But it wasn’t an early stoppage, he won that fight and would have won it by decision. Simply put he is younger, more hungry, more aggressive. He wanted to win a lot more…The mat was slippery like glass. I almost fell down trying to do the left high kick. But I’m not looking for an alibi. This was not the performance the public would pay for. I don’t feel the hunger anymore. I started playing it safe, I’m not ready to take risks.

So that’s it, then. Don’t expect to see Cro Cop grace the Octagon with his disappointing presence ever again, and if he decides to take a couple more fights in Japan before his official returment, understand that he’ll only doing it for the money. His last line in the interview says it all: "Maybe I should’ve quit after I won [Pride's] Open Weight Grand Prix."

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Killy- September 22, 2009 at 11:45 am
Now that's a sign.....
We are now force to constat that an Octogon and a Ring aren't the same thing (look out how octogon champs crashed themself at pride events and vice versa).

Will the last empreror fail in the octogon against the grimm?
Viva Hate- September 21, 2009 at 1:15 pm
He confused the ref and his opponent, how great would it have been if he took a swing at the ref and got his old ass Kod. It sucks he couldnt make a title run in the UFC, I had my hopes up
crittino- September 21, 2009 at 1:07 pm
maybe the "slippery mat" explains why he looked like a newborn dear on a frozen pond everytime they exchanged
Bovice- September 21, 2009 at 11:41 am
Yo Cro Cop, I'm real happy for you, and I'ma let you finish, but Tim Sylvia is one of the worst heavyweights of ALL TIME.
Randle McMurphy- September 21, 2009 at 11:17 am
Perhaps a drop to 205 is in order.
CAP10- September 21, 2009 at 10:22 am
Poor Mirko looks like he could use an ice cream cone.
Zee German- September 21, 2009 at 10:20 am
I salute to a great warrior and a man who scared the shit out of me just a few years back. Croatia is a beautiful place to retire.
Jackal said it best: "Retired doesn't mean I'd fuck with him."
Do videnja, CroCop.
hotsaucemonster- September 21, 2009 at 9:55 am
hahahaha holy shit thats funny @soda popinski
Harry Russo- September 21, 2009 at 9:52 am
Thanks for the memories Mirko.
PauloThiagoSilva- September 21, 2009 at 9:11 am
Didn't Kimbo use that same "thinking about fishing in Privlaka" line after losing to Petruzelli?
NipGrip- September 21, 2009 at 8:42 am
Sounds like a "Cro-Copout" to me.. Uggh that was horrible I know.
Bootylam- September 21, 2009 at 8:36 am
Refreshing to see a MAN admit when it could be time to go. The fact that he even said that stuff shows that he's an intelligent, thoughtful guy. And a realist.
Jackal- September 21, 2009 at 8:32 am
Cro Cop is still a bad ass though, he's old...bad...ass. None of us would walk into an octagon against Junior Dos Santos thinking about fuckin' fishing, most likely we'd think about how our own balls ended up in our throats.

Good times watching the Croatian fight, retired doesn't mean I'd fuck with him
Viva Hate- September 21, 2009 at 8:24 am
It was sad to watch the other night, Cro Cop really did not look like Cro Cop, he should walk away and enjoy his job in Crotia.

I really am starting to wonder now, is Dos Santos a dangerous contender, he has looked like it so far but I think he reallys on his uppercut to much now after the Werdum victory, although it worked again Saturday. A nice win for him.
Peppermint Nightmare- September 21, 2009 at 8:13 am
makes me sad it does.
Viva Hate- September 21, 2009 at 8:03 am
Sorry for the double post tried to correct a typo!
Viva Hate- September 21, 2009 at 8:02 am
Wow, Cro Cop really looks like Sam the Eagle from the Muppet Show.
Viva Hate- September 21, 2009 at 8:02 am
Wow, Crop Cop really looks like Sam the Eagle from the Muppet Show.
Nut Puncher 9000- September 21, 2009 at 7:58 am
Gonzaga fucked Cro Cop up worse then I imagined.
Justin- September 21, 2009 at 7:55 am
At least he's going out like a man, admitting his defeat.
raspberrymight- September 21, 2009 at 7:34 am
left kick salute to you mirko, now off to that cushy desk job they've got reserved for you in the Croatian police.
J-Dog- September 21, 2009 at 7:14 am
My dogs will no longer have a reason to salivate from watching MMA fights
BM2- September 21, 2009 at 7:03 am
Goodnight, sweet prince
Soda Popinski- September 21, 2009 at 6:56 am
'Privlaka' translates=Fedor's Shorts.
Osama- September 21, 2009 at 6:51 am
He'll always be a legend in K-1 and MMA.