Longtime MMA veteran Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic still feels he has what it takes to compete in the octagon. After a successful career dominating the heavyweight division in Pride FC, Cro Cop hasn’t been as fortunate in the UFC, winning four of his nine MMA fights with the promotion.
Cro Cop started his UFC career on a good note, winning his debut against Eddie Sanchez. However, Cro Cop quickly lost his momentum, losing his next two fights in the UFC. Cro Cop has been knocked out in his last two fights, and at this point it’s obvious he’s no longer a top contender in the heavyweight division. It would be gracious of the 2006 Pride Grand Prix winner to take a bow, but the 36 year old refuses to hang up his gloves.
Dana White feels obligated to Cro Cop and told reporters at a UFC 130 pre-fight conference he would give the MMA veteran one more fight. White told reporters:
“I owe him another fight… do I think he should have retired? Yeah, but I don’t think he’s in one of these situations where I felt Chuck Liddell needed to retire right then, you know what I mean? He’s a grown man, if he wants to continue to fight, that’s his right, and he still has a fight with me”
Cro Cop will definitely need to win his next fight if wants to continue competing in the sport. Cro Cop didn’t really lose his skills as an MMA fighter; the sport has just changed a lot in the past five years. Cro Cop dominated MMA when it was possible to get away with being a one-dimensional fighter. In today’s MMA, those who lack well rounded skills don’t really stand a chance. Some old school MMA fighters like Quinton “Rampage” Jackson adapted well to the new breed of fighters, while others like Cro Cop have never really been able to make the adjustment.