He reminded me of Ivan Drago with no emotions. Then he decapitated his opponents. That's what sealed the deal for me. I was like this guy is a real life terminator.
I think being fresh out of the military his mind was still in that kill mode. That was the difference of Mirko in the ring vs the Octagon. He was always looking to hurt his opponent in the worst way possible. I don't believe it has anything to do with his skill sets. If he had that same mentality just straight offense he would churn out some more wins. I've always said the Mirko that stared down against the Axe Murderer would have killed any living man in real life.
Plus he's got one of the coolest nick names. I still think he can make one last run if he truly wanted to.
Marcus Aurelius: Tell me again, Maximus, why are we here?
Maximus: For the glory of the Empire, sire.
Baked, not fried... the healthy choice.