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    Star Pioneer Of Modern Day MMA Mirko Filipovic Calls It a Career

    That's it, folks. After losing via verbal submission to Junior Dos Santos, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic has put his fighting days behind him.

    Mirko looked scared to engage on Saturday night at UFC 103, his pattented devastating head kicks weren't there, and he seemed to be in survival mode for a good portion of the fight.

    Cro Cop did land some nice hard lefts on Dos Santos, but they didn't phase the younger, stronger fighter.

    On the other hand, Cro Cop ate knees and punches that resulted in him not being able to see properly. Those vision problems were what ultimately halted the fight in the third round.



    "Obviously, I can't break my mental block in the Octagon," Filipovic said. "I have twenty years of training like a spartan behind me. It has caught up with me. My body is broken down. I've been worn out."

    He no longer has the drive anymore and he felt it in his fight with Dos Santos. Not only that, but he could feel that Dos Santos' drive was very likely stronger then his.

    He admitted that the fight was not worthy of the fans' hard-earned money.

    Unfortunately for Cro Cop he never really got a handle of the UFC octagon and bows out of the UFC with a dismal 2-3 record.

    Alas, let's not dwell on what happened in the UFC. Mirko Cro Cop finished his career with a 25-7-2 professional record and 19 wins by knockout. He has a highlight reel against top fighters that other fighters must envy.

    Holding vicious knockouts and victories over fighters like Wanderlei Silva, Aleksander Emelianenko, Mark Coleman, Heath Herring, Josh Barnett (twice), and Kevin Randleman is certainly nothing to scoff at.

    He also brought Fedor Emelianenko one of his toughest tests to date in a three round war that went the distance—something that happens rarely against Emelianenko.

    In addition to his exploits in mixed martial arts, Cro Cop has been an active member of parliament for his native country Croatia, works on the Croatian Anti-Terrorist Squad, has made a foray into the film industry, played soccer professionally, and last but not least is a loving father and husband.

    Retirement is never an easy thing for an athlete. Doubts are voiced, questions are raised.

    But at the end of the line, Cro Cop had a hall of fame career in the sport and it is nice to see that he values his health more then his desire to keep fighting.

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    unfortunately, as we know from Randy, retiring means he can't be talked into fighting Fedor at a later date; he'll owe the UFC fights first. Should have let them cut him.
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    Fedor??? Claudale are you insane? Fedor may have lost a step over the last couple of years, but he's still has enough to put it on Mirko. Let the guy leave on his terms and stop wishing him harm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adolf Oliverbush View Post
    Fedor??? Claudale are you insane? Fedor may have lost a step over the last couple of years, but he's still has enough to put it on Mirko. Let the guy leave on his terms and stop wishing him harm.
    No reason to think he'd beat Fedor (although a good Cro Cop matches up as well as anyone) - but if his excuses are real (that he couldn't get up for the fight) - Fedor would be a chance at history.
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    Sad, but probably for the best. Although his Drago act was a little tiresome at times, those legs were, at one time, as devastating as any MMA weapon we've seen to this point. There was great anticipation for his bouts when he was still an apex predator.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DingoBrigade View Post
    Sad, but probably for the best. Although his Drago act was a little tiresome at times, those legs were, at one time, as devastating as any MMA weapon we've seen to this point. There was great anticipation for his bouts when he was still an apex predator.
    And he was hard to take down. Was one of the all-time greats in his prime and I think on a different night, he would have beaten Fedor.
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    Im glad that Cro Cop realizes that hes done and is not trying to keep it going. I dont see him trying to fight Fedor, if the young lions are already tearing away at him imagine what the King would do to him at this point.

    I agree with CL, he may have been the one to beat Fedor back in Pride had they fought again
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    He certainly appeared to have the best chance to beat Fedor, as he had all the tools, but despite his stoic demeanor he was somewhat of a headcase emotionally, IMO. I think versus Nogueira he mentally broke when he didn't finish him in the first round. He was a completely different fighter to start the second. I also think he psyched himself out versus Fedor, as he was more tentative and appeared to respect his opponent too much. He was a complete basketcase during his entire UFC tenure. You could see it on his face--just a different guy than during most of his Pride reign.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DingoBrigade View Post
    He certainly appeared to have the best chance to beat Fedor, as he had all the tools, but despite his stoic demeanor he was somewhat of a headcase emotionally, IMO. I think versus Nogueira he mentally broke when he didn't finish him in the first round. He was a completely different fighter to start the second. I also think he psyched himself out versus Fedor, as he was more tentative and appeared to respect his opponent too much. He was a complete basketcase during his entire UFC tenure. You could see it on his face--just a different guy than during most of his Pride reign.
    a 10 minute beating. Actually, that would be a rematch I'd like to see. Cro Cop would still dominate the standing there.
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