PRIDE veteran and former UFC fighter Mirko Cro Cop in a recent interview with the Croatian news site Jutarnji.
Cro Cop: Ending my career is not a option
Ending his career is not a option for Mirko Cro Cop. Currently his only mind is occupied with revenging Overeem.
Q: Hows your health?
CC: Right now everything is fine. My injuries have healed up and I’ll return to training soon.
Q: It wasn’t easy watching those knees to your groin…
CC: I’ll quote a favourite movie of mine “Maratonci trce pocasni krug” — “I don’t like it, but its part of the job!” That’s how I feel about what happened at Dream 6.
Q: Where you surprised he wasn’t disqualified?
CC: I wouldn’t have gained anything from a disqualification. I don’t need that kind of win. More importantly I shouldn’t have given him the opportunity to knee me to the groin.
Q: Disqualifying him would make him think twice about were he places his knees?
CC: Well next him he’ll be well advised not to go near my groin. If he does it again, I’ll give him a taste of his own medicine. And I’ll do it deliberately without holding back. Mixed martial arts is a brutal sport but there are rules to be followed. I have followed them trought my career and my opponents have also.
CC: There is no point crying over spilt milk. I expect my revenge at NYE.
Q: Do you have any plans between NYE and now?
CC: I’ll travel to Soul, Korea on 11.11.08 to support Igor Pokrajac when he fights against a yet unknown opponent.
Q: Do you concede that Overeem was the dominant one up until the injury?
CC: Yes he was, but it’s a 15 minute fight and anything could have happened had the fight continued. I should have been more aggressive of course. Its something I’ll have to work on.
Q: Did you properly train for the fight?
CC: Despite the commentary that I’m too old, all my physical conditioning and speed test point to the fact that I’ve never been better prepared than for my last fight. But it doesn’t matter what I think, the only thing that matters is what actually happens in the ring.
Q: So what’s the problem then?
CC: I’m under more pressure then I have been earlier in my career. I lost two fights in the UFC, and I have a fear of it happening again. I cant afford more failures. I have a fear of failing not of punches or kicks. Many fighters have the same problem.
Q: Do you have a exit strategy after you leave the sport?
No along as I’m healthy my mind is only on fighting on.
Q: So you don’t have any plans to leave the sports?
CC: Peter Aerts has been written of for 5 years now. He recently defeated K1 best fighter and tournament favorite Semmy Schilt. If he can do it why should I at 35 be too old? I feel great, my conditioning is excellent and I’m motivated to fight. There is no reason to end my career.
TG: Translated by Robert at Betwwx.com