Cro Cop looks awfully chipper in that video considering how everything went down. Maybe his ball finally dropped. Anyways, the whole video is Croatian, however this article has the gist of what he said, and once again, Betwwx.com was kind enough to translate it for us.
“I’m disappointed with the outcome of the fight, I was immaculately prepared for this fight, but things happen. The third strike to my balls was very strong, but thats part of the sport and the job.”
After the fight there were quit a lot of suggestions that it was better for Cro Cop that the fight was stopped because he didn’t have a chance, but Cro Cop said that until the third strike to the nuts he wasn’t even hurt.
“I would like to go into the fact if the strikes were deliberate or not. I know some people were saying that I was saved by the fact the match was ended. There was blood, but those cuts were nothing, small cuts and I wasn’t hurt until I got hit in the groin. The third strike into the nuts was very powerful and the biggest problem was that the cup squashed my nuts. I’m disappointed, I’m sure that he is also but we’ll meet again on NYE to settle the score.” Stressing that the fight isn’t confirmed by dream yet but its highly likely.
Filipovic is confident that he would of got his chance in the remainder of the fight because Overeems condition is his weak point.
“I must admit that he had the initiative, especially after I first hit the matt. Apart from that I had a small injury on my knee and I couldn’t throw him of myself as I need to use both feet for that. I think that nothing that happened in the fight was worrying for me. I was frightened the ref would stop the fight because of the bleeding. Overeem started the fight well, but his conditioning is his biggest problem and the question remains how he would been later in the fight.”
Overeem said after the match that he didn’t hit CC the third time and that CC faked it because he knew he would lose the fight.
“If the Goat is lying his horn isn’t, I think the video footage shows everything, he hit me.”
We can hear more often than ever from the fans that he should call it a day and that his best is past him.
“Maybe they are right, maybe they are wrong. First I need to relax, I need to go to the hospital for some check ups. I still have some problems, I pissed blood, but thats all part of the job.”
Remember when both fighters said they wanted a rematch? Well, that may be the case, but it doesn’t sound like Alistair’s camp thinks it should happen. In a long post on their website, they continue to try to make the case that Cro Cop was faking the low blows, and had this to say about the potential rematch.
The first low blow may have caused damage and we hope Mirko recovers quickly. Although it is unlikely it would be appropriate to have a rematch.
Does that mean it won’t happen? Probably not, but it is another obstacle to hurdle in booking the rematch.