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Old 02-05-2007, 04:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Crocop back in Croatia...Translation.

Can anyone translate this into enlish thanks...it's the one crocop arrived in Croatia after UFC 67.

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Old 02-05-2007, 04:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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yeah, id like someone to translate this as well. They mention manchester a few times, thats were UFC 70 is im pretty sure.
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Old 02-05-2007, 08:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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REPORTER: Mirko, for a start congratulation.The first
match in cage went perfect.What were your
expectations about your first fight in UFC?
MIRKO: Well, it was quite different because of the cage and
the rules.I had to be very careful about the some
rules which are allowed in Pride and isn't in the UFC
for which I could have been disqualified.But it was
all OK.
REPORTER: When you have knockdowned him, you were not
allowed hit him with legs?
MIRKO: I remembered that in time.I wanted to punch him with
knee, but...that is the rules I must accept and that's
not problem for me.The rules in Pride are easier for
my fighting style, but nevertheless.
REPORTER: Sanchez is fighter that had perfect score before
your fight, but in the fight he frequently went
back from you and he had some attempts to hit you,
but in the end you finished him routinly...in the
way you always fight.
MIRKO: Well yes...it was obvious he was bit affraid and he
constantly moved away from me so I needed to chase
him through the cage which is huge regarding to ring.
But it was one experience more for Sanchez.
REPORTER: The entry music wasn't Wild Boys but Prides
official music.Was that your decision or the
choice of organizer?
MIRKO: Well, the organizer couldn't affect on decison of my
entry music...that was my decision.
REPORTER: With particular reason, or?
MIRKO: I like to hold some things to myself (smile).
REPORTER: You told that the fight for champion depends of
organizer which is logiacal and we all saw
announcement of the fight Sylvia vs. Couture..we
all expect to see you on that kind of poster.Do
you maybe have some estimate when that fight could
happen?
MIRKO: Informal, it could be my third fight...eventualy
fourth with the winner of Sylvia - Couture fight.
REPORTER: We heard that your second fight might be in LOndon
or Manchester?
MIRKO: This is not a speculation...it will be in Manchester.
REPORTER: And that will be when?
MIRKO: April 20th.Very soon...little more that two months.
REPORTER: Do you maybe know your opponent?
MIRKO: No, I still don't know...
REPORTER: How did went your encounter with Croats in
America.
MIRKO: It was nice. The atmosphere is different because the
hall is much smaller than in Pride and the fans are
much louder.There was a lot of our people and it was
very nice.
REPORTER: The crowd in UFC can even boo if the fight is
boring or if fighters are not very active.
MIRKO: Well yes...that is american style....they don't
forgive anything :)
REPORTER: Did you meet with Croat fans after the fight
outside the complex?
MIRKO: No...i didn't go outside.We were there 2 days but I
didn't go mutch outside.
REPORTER: Did you talked to organizers after the
fight...they were surely happy.What they got,
exactly that was what they expected and wanted.
MIRKO: After the fight I retreat because I was quite tired
so I didn't talked to them mutch...In training proces
I was all in injuries which didn't affect on fight.
Last 20 days i had small injuries that were enough
to distracted my concentracion.Because of that this
was the most difficult match in my career...I really
had plenty of injuries...first my leg...it was even
option that I cancel the match....this recomended my
doctor, but for me that was not an option.It was
never that hard for me before the fight, not because
of the opponent, but because of that situation with
injuries.
REPORTER: This injuries...will it effect in your fortcoming
training?
MIRKO: No,no..I will recover in 10-12 days and than I start
with trainig for Manchester.
REPORTER: OK.We can't wait your next fight...and good luck.
MIRKO: Tkanks :)

...sorry guys for my english...I hope you'll understand...
I tried :)
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Old 02-05-2007, 08:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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thanks bro, that was really helpful. i was wondering why crocop didn't just kick him once and knock him out lol, stupid injuries. (the fact he was running the whole time didn't help). appreciate it choper
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Old 02-05-2007, 08:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks!

haha, CroCop was injured? Sanchez should be grateful!
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Old 02-05-2007, 08:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Nice Interview. Thanks for posting it.
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Old 02-05-2007, 08:27 PM   #7 (permalink)
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thanks very much for the translation. repped
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Old 02-05-2007, 08:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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if I could add to this, I found this on a another forum. When he was asked for the source, he gave "Sportske Novosti".
I'll just copy/paste it here -

Quote:
There is a big article about Mirko in Croatian main sports newspaper SN.

I will just try to translate all what CroCop had to say about his debut in the UFC.

"in the end Sanchez didn't materialize his promise of knocking me down in the 2nd round" - said CroCop who was in the good mood.

Mirko landed many shoots, but it was hard to his Sanchez who was backpaddling almost the whole fight:
" I got tired chasing him. In one moment I even got dizzy running after him in the circle. I really thought the ref is going to warn him to fight."

How did you feel in the octagon after fighting all your life in the ring?
"It is bigger than ring, you can feel that extra space, especially when you have to run after someone. For the one who defensed it's somewhat easier, since you can't corner him."

How did you preparations go for this fight?
"They were one of the hardest in my whole career. I had many so called little injuries. I injured my wrist, then I got a swollen toe, my operated foot is still causing some trouble. Non of them are serious injuries but when they appear all at once, it's not easy"

There were also many Croatian fans in the arena.
"Yeah, I noticed many Croatian flags. It was really nice of them, some even came from Canada"

So your next fight is scheduled for Manchester (since there are some complications with London)?
"I have no idea who I will fight next, I will just wait what UFC decides"

So what now?
"Now I will take a 2 week break for resting and healing my injuries with Dr. Bučan. Then I will start preaparing for Manchester, I have more than enough time."

We also saw Rick Peneda, our journalist colleague from Chicago: "CroCop is going to be a huge star in USA" - said Peneda.

But the problem is Mirko doesn't want to be a star. The only thing he has problems with are media and the cammeras:
"They even follow me to the bathroom" ended CroCop

Mirko also commented why he didn't join the after fight press conference:
"I really didn't know, no-one mentioned it when and where it will be. If they said something to me I really would have came. I'm in my room all the time anyways"

I can also give you the 2 comments from Charles Barkley and Kevin Lole (writer for Las Vegas Journal):

Barkley: "Mirko is a fantastic fighter. I loved how he tactically lead the whole fight. He is tactically perfect and efficient. Without a doubt he is already a big star here"

Kevin Lole was asked his opinion on Mirko's salary in his first fight:
"He surely got 350 000 $ for this fight, from what it was registered in Nevada. But you must also count the PPV share which is huge, so I think he got nearly 1 million $$ all"

That's about it, I hope you enjoyed it.
credit to - nokaut.com :: Index member - CroCopNo1

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Old 02-05-2007, 08:54 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Great Interview. Cro Cop is the man.
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Old 02-05-2007, 09:03 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Awesome interviews guys. Rep to both of you.

Wonder who he will fight in Manchester. AT least we know now he wasn't trying to be a prick about the post-fight interview. He's obviously just a really media shy guy like most of us thought.
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