Mirko Cro Cop Interview “Ending My Career Is Not A Option”

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Updated: October 2, 2008
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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.

Alistair Overeem Ball Shots Mirko Cro Cop DREAM 6

TG: Translated by Robert at Betwwx.com

3 Comments

  1. Onri

    October 2, 2008 at 10:20 am

    That fight was so disappointing and we had to wait forever to see it. Lets get it going. NYE sounds good to me.

  2. Andre

    October 3, 2008 at 7:48 am

    Crocop has'nt looked the same since he lost to gonzaga , the fight with Overeem was a perfect example , he got totally dominated and his striking was just not there . i think that in the rematch Overeem will have the upperhand his skills have improved a great deal he has excellent submissions and is much faster than when he was in Pride. not to take anything from Crocop he's a great fighter .

  3. CROCOP1

    March 26, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Mirko i still consider you the best fighter in the hw division and in all on mma. you carry the title for the most devestating kicks ever in mma and anywhere in the world. you are a huge inspiration to me inside and outside the ring. nothing can ever change that. No matter what problems may come to you in the future i will always be on your side cheering you on.

    LA, CAlifornia 23 Moses Lopez

    your biggest fan ever :)

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