"I'm not saying that I've ever been at the level of a Mirko 'Cro Cop' or any of these guys, but I used to fight," UFC president Dana White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "You get to a certain age where you remember what you used to be able to do, and you can see all the openings. You just can't pull the trigger. I think that's where he's at."
White admitted Filipovic may soon be forced to finish his fighting days against sub-par competition in Japan rather than fighting the world's best heavyweights in the UFC.
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"I think Trigg is one of those guys (like Mirko 'Cro Cop' Filipovic)," White said after the conclusion of the UFC 103 post-fight press conference. "These (other) guys are young and explosive. There's just a whole other level of talent out there, man, and that's the way it works. That's the way this business is."
So, will he give it some thought before terminating the contract?
"I doubt it," White shrugged. "He got smoked tonight."
?This was not the kind of performance the public pay for,? admitted Cro Cop. ?I don?t feel the hunger anymore. I have started playing it safe, I?m not prepared to take risks.?
?I?ve been living a military life for 20 years now. Getting up at 6 am and working hard physically until 8 p.m. I want a normal life. I?m entering a cage and thinking about fishing in Privlaka. You can?t win that way. Maybe I should have quit after I won the [PRIDE FC] Open Weight Grand Prix.?