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Goodnight, sweet prince?

Well kids, we can probably go ahead and stick a fork in Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, cause he’s most likely done.  Nothing is yet official, but after suffering his second brutal KO in a row at UFC 128, it’s not looking likely that we’ll see Cro Cop in the Octagon again… or any MMA cage or ring, for that matter.

When asked after the event, Dana White didn’t hesitate to admit that Cro Cop’s second run at the UFC is over, and later told MMA Junkie that he doesn’t think Mirko would argue about it either.  Mirko himself told a Croatian website (as translated by MMA Mania):

“I feel like somebody stole something from me. I am disappointed by the result, but congratulations to Schaub and thanks to my fans for their support. It’s clear that in this sport without hunger, wish and ambition to win there is no success, and its also clear that there is no more left of those in me. He surprised me with that strike, everything was same like against Frank Mir. It seemed to me like I was better. What am I saying? If I was better, I would have won!”

That tone isn’t surprising right after a bad loss, especially since he’s been talking like he may no longer have the heart for this whole getting-punched-in-the-face-really-fucking-hard business for quite some time now.  Well that was a week ago, and he must be feeling a bit better now, because he now says (as translated by LowKick):

There’s one fight left on my UFC contract. I will have this fight, regardless of what the reporters think. However, there’s a possibility that the UFC will insist on not allowing me to fight. I will accept their decision. It’s time to retire, despite the fact that I want to continue. Next year, it will be 20 years since my first fight… I had a great career, and I don’t regret anything. But I don’t want to finish it defeated.

I’m very sorry. I was more than ready for my last two fights, but still, I was unable to see the punches coming. I would like to apologize to all my fans. Believe me, I’m also very disappointed.

There’s no other options. UFC is a monopoly. Soon, they’ll swallow Strikeforce, so I have basically nowhere to go. The Japanese market is dead, DREAM is dead, and the tragedy in Japan annihilated all the other Japanese MMA promotions.

I don’t think the door to Strikeforce is necessarily closed for him now that it’s all one big happy Fertitta family, it’s just that if Zuffa is going to give him another fight under their banner, it might as well be in the UFC or not at all.  Next down the list would be Bellator, but with their focus on their tournament format, it seems unlikely they’d hire him for a one-off match, and they obviously couldn’t afford the paycheck he’s accustomed to.  In the current state of the industry, it seems that faded superstars who can’t hack it in the big league anymore are left with the choice of retirement or slumming it in the wilderness for pennies on the dollar.

We’ve learned to never say never when it comes to Dana, but it basically all hinges on whether he has a change of heart and gives Cro Cop his last farewell fight.  Chuck Liddell wasn’t gifted an easy win to ride off into the sunset on, but then again, Cro Cop’s resume tells us he’s much more willing to crush cans than the Iceman ever was.  I’m not sure a squash match is the best conclusion to his career, but I guess neither is the &t=4m40s” target=”_blank”>sight of him wobbling back to his feet like an inflatable punching bag after getting KTFO’d.

Will Dana feed Mirko one final lamb to slaughter, and if so, who would it be?

  • agentsmith

    ^ Holy shit, that’s actually a great idea.  Loser leaves town and winner leaves town.

  • glassjawsh

    mark hunt

    no one here with at least a smidgen of sense would shit on that booking

    and no one would bitch about it being on the main card of the UFC’s next venture overseas

  • CAP

    Brilliant Glass. Did they cut Hunt yet?

  • lukustra

    in all honesty, mark hunt was the first name that popped into my head as well but that could be a risk of another brutal KO if hunt can get his hands on mirko. Why feed him a lamp when you can rematch him with the also quickly aging big nog? both are nearing the end of their careers and it could be a nice legend match plenty of ppl would be interested in seeing with a good main event also on the card. plus with Nog, there is really no fear in Mirko getting knocked out or held against the cage, wed see some old man boxing, possibly some failed shots at takedowns. itd just be a grind of a match, like nog and couture. DO IT DANA!

  • glassjawsh

    ^ nog and couture was an awesome fight. hunt has only knocked out 1 non can in his entire MMA career

  • lukustra

    yeah but we all know he has the power to do it, and hunt has fought incredibly tough competition in his mma career. plus he just KO’d Chris Thucherhehrehrer. hes only a semi-can.

  • lukustra

    im a little biased considering im obviously a huge mirko fan, but I do believe itd be an intriguing fight. its not like Nog is in the heavyweight picture. It’d be a good competitive fight that would allow Cro Cop to either retire with a win over someone somewhat relevant or let him ride off into the sunset putting up a good last fight.

  • agentsmith

    Nog’s in the HW picture a helluva lot more than Cro Cop, he’s only riding one loss in a row and is 3-2 in the UFC.  He’s just been MIA for over a year now.  But he’d still have little to gain by fighting Cro Cop now.  I haven’t heard that Nog’s going into legacy mode, so he needs an opponent that’s relevant, and Mirko sure as shit doesn’t fit that bill.

    Jawsh is right, Mark Hunt is perfect for Mirko at this point, in that it’s both winnable and meaningless.  And let’s face it, Hunt is disposable… I don’t know why they even gave him another fight after they satisfied their “contract obligations” with the McCorkle loss.

  • Mixed Martial Adam

    Mark Hunt

    Randy Couture

    Fedor Emelianenko

    Big Nog

    Any of the above bouts would draw money for Zuffa and most of the fans would get behind it. Cro Cop didn’t look terrible in the Schaub fight and every legend should get a proper send off to end their career.

  • Symbul

    It’s time to call it quits for Cro Cop.

    That said, if he gets a more ceremonious sendoff than a Brendan Schaub KO then the suggestions above are all valid.

    Couture makes sense as well as basically everyone from the Pride era that he fought. I just don’t think Zuffa is that nostalgic for old Cro Cop. He’s not losing to wrestlers holding him down or anything like Lil’ Nog. He’s getting beaten where he’s (supposed to be) good, and beaten with finality.

  • scissors61

    i’m torn between not wanting mirko to ride off into the sunset after fighting a douche like schaub and fearing for his brain’s health…fuck, man. i think a nog rematch would be best if he’s going to insist on fighting one more time. 


  • Mixed Martial Adam


    Cro Cop may well have won that fight if he didn’t get smoked half way through the third. Sure he looked old and flat footed, but Mirko still looked better than his last outing and was holding his own against a bigger, younger competitor. Hard to say if Mirko was doing well or if Schaub just shit the bed, but either way Mirko deserves one last “legacy league” fight before he sails off to fish the lakes of Croatia.

  • iamphoenix

    anyone else think that mirko would have won if he didn’t lose that fight?

  • frickshun


  • CAP

    He was winning right up until he lost.

    If he wants to got out with a victory, Hunt is the best option imo.

  • stevefiji

    You guys have missed the obvious… CroCop and Royce in Rio…. I would love that fight and one of the two goers out on top!

  • stevefiji

    You guys have missed the obvious… CroCop and Royce in Rio…. I would love that fight and one of the two goes out on top!

  • frickshun

    ^^Idiot boy.