While rubbing Pat Barry’s head for good luck may not be all that effective at winning Mirko Crocop his next fight, you can’t say he doesn’t have a burning desire for victory. And a shower. Because these things are connected:
I will have to beat him, and I will do it. I trained six months for this fight. I will do it. … Some people, many people, buried me alive because I lost twice in a row. I just want to prove to everybody that I’m still Cro Cop. … I want to raise from the grave. That’s what I want to prove to everybody. That’s my motivation. … I want to feel that feeling when the referee raises my hand. I want to take that shower — it’s a special moment for me, taking that shower after my victory, and I’m so happy. I go back to the hotel and the next day I’m so happy. I don’t even think about [money] until the UFC bookkeeper calls me a few days later to transfer the money. I want to retire as the old Cro Cop. I don’t know if I will be able to do it, but I will die trying. Nothing is hard for me. I will die trying.
Woah there buddy. Let’s walk it back a step from you having to die. Would another whupping like the Junior Dos Santos whupping be enough? Because that Brendan Schaub KO probably should have been enough, and that didn’t stop you. Let’s not wait till this die trying thing gets literal, huh?