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Old 04-23-2007, 06:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New Cro Cop interview Apr.23

http://www.jutarnji.hr/sport/ostalis...4,23,,71557.jl


Croatian fighter Mirko Cro Cop is healing consequences of a hard defeat to Gabriel Gonzaga in the UFC 70 tournament in Manchester, Great Britain. Shocking pictures of unconscious Cro Cop lying in the cage looked unreal since we were used to see exactly the opposite ones for years.
Mirko had similar experiences with Kevin Randleman in Pride and Michael McDonald in K-1. He lost by KO to both of them [that's not true, although it says so in the article], and both times he succeeded to comeback to the top. Although his charisma got seriously hurt, if not destroyed, Mirko claims he has the motivation and strength for a new comeback.

Q: Do you feel any health consequences from Manchester episode?

A: I don't have headaches, nor any visible consequences from Gonzaga's high-kick. If it weren't for the pain in the right ankle, I'd already be training. However, I have to passively rest for two weeks. The ankle is swollen, but I don't think anything is broken, otherwise I wouldn't be able to walk. Still, I'll go to see a doctor one of these days and have it scanned."

Q: You seemed absent in the cage?

A: I wasn't myself against Gonzaga. I just couldn't decide to begin an exchange of punches, to go forward. Something similar happened to me in my last fight vs. Sanchez, but I still won that fight. These things happen to me in cycles. First I learn a lesson in the ring, then I go wild and win in streaks. However, there are no alibies for this defeat, and I am not looking for any.

Q: What determined the outcome?

A: Gonzaga's elbows to my temple. When I got up, my vision was blurry and I didn't even see that right high-kick.

Q: Did you make any mistakes in the preparation for the fight?

A: The preparations were great and are not the problem. Right before the fight I was apathetic, no good, couldn't focus and I fought without any strategy.

Q: What will your future in the UFC look like?

A: I will definitely come back stronger. It's out of place to talk about the belt, but I will respect the contract. Of course, provided there are no new injuries. However, I don't know what could make me fight more after I work off the remaining 4 fights.

Q: When can we expect you back in the ring?

A: I believe I'll fight again in the UFC at the end of August or beginning of September. I expect to get a chance to rematch Gonzaga. Thanks to everyone who came to Manchester for me, and all who called me wishing me good luck. I got more than 200 calls and I couldn't answer everyone.
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Old 04-23-2007, 06:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Cro Cop is personally my favorite fighter, it really killed me to see him lose, especially like that.

But i'm looking forward to his come back...I really wanna see him with the UFC belt before he retires.
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Old 04-23-2007, 06:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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thx for posting this dude!!!
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Old 04-23-2007, 07:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Nice, I've been wanting to hear what he had to say.
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Old 04-23-2007, 07:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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And that is why Mirko "Crunk Cup" is my fav. That man is tuff as can be, doesnt wine, and when he gets KTFO, he gets up and gets back on the horse!
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Glad his ankle isn't any worse. Look forward to seeing his return.
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He better go to the doctor soon....just because he has no symptoms of trauma doesn't mean it's not there. He doesn't seem worried but I'm sure neither did the other people in the past who have died from brain swelling.
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Cro Cop is personally my favorite fighter, it really killed me to see him lose, especially like that.

But i'm looking forward to his come back...I really wanna see him with the UFC belt before he retires.
If he won't extend his contract, he won't get the title. He'll probably need 3 victories to get a title shot, and they won't give a title shot to someone who is on the last fight of their contract and won't extend.
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