Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic is a one of the biggest names in MMA history, as his battles in PRIDE are well-documented in the backlogs of the sport. However, since signing with the UFC, the man with the deadly leg kicks hasn’t been his old self.
The 37-year-old, who will face Roy Nelson at UFC 137, is just 3-3 inside the Octagon, including back-to-back defeats at the hands of Frank Mir and Brendan Schaub. And when I say hands, I mean hands, as both Schaub and Mir have earned knockout victories over Filipovic.
So, despite his name recognition and past successes, “Cro Cop” knows that his upcoming bout with Nelson is a do-or-die situation.
“I must win this fight,” said Filipoic, in a recent interview with MMAFighting. “I will have to beat him, and I will do it. I trained six months for this fight. I will do it. Some people, many people, have buried me alive because I lost twice in a row. I just want to prove to everything that I’m still ‘Cro Cop’.”
For the former PRIDE World Grand Prix open-weight champ, the feeling of victory extends past having his hand raised. And by going over a year without enjoying that feeling, Filipovic is ready to enjoy it once again.
“I want to feel that feeling when the referee raises my hand. I want to take that shower – it’s a special moment for me, taking that shower after my victory, and I’m so happy,” Filipovic said. “I got back to the hotel and the next day, I’m so happy.”
UFC 137 will take place October 29 from Las Vegas, Nevada with a main event featuring B.J. Penn against Nick Diaz with other match-ups on the card including Matt Mitrione vs. Cheick Kongo, Scott Jorgensen vs. Jeff Curran, and Donald Cerrone vs. Dennis Siver.
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