Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic: “I want to retire as the old Cro Cop. I will die trying.”

Former PRIDE champion, Mirko Cro Cop speaks ahead of his do-or-die showdown with “Ultimate Fighter” season ten winner, Roy Nelson at UFC 137, just over a weeks time in Las Vegas, Nevada, explaining he wants to “raise from the grave and prove to fans that he is still one of the most feared strikers in the game.

Cro Cop, speaking via MMAFighting, said:

“First I have to beat Roy Nelson. And second, we have to make a deal. Some people, many people, buried me alive because I lost twice in a row. I just want to prove to everybody that I’m still Cro Cop. …I want to raise from the grave. That’s what I want to prove to everybody. That’s my motivation.”

“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. I go back to the hotel and the next day I’m so happy. I don’t even think about [money] until the UFC bookkeeper calls me a few days later to transfer the money.”

“I want to retire as the old Cro Cop. I don’t know if I will be able to do it, but I will die trying. Nothing is hard for me. I will die trying. Look at Fedor [Emelianenko]. Fedor was untouchable until one year ago, and today nobody’s talking about him. He lost three times in a row. He was a great champion, great fighter, but he lost three times in a row and nobody talks about him. Only the fans who followed him his whole career respect what he did with his career, but that’s the name of the game. I don’t want it to happen to me.”

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