Cro Cop: ‘I Don’t Feel The Hunger Anymore’

Junior dos Santos drills Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 103Mirko Cro Cop didn’t leave any questions about whether he can make a run for the UFC Heavyweight Championship in his loss to Junior dos Santos last night.

He can’t, and now it’s a question of what’s next.

A move down to light heavyweight for one last chance at recapturing glory? Finish out his career in Japan with a few wins over inferior opponents as a final farewell to the legions of fans who adore him unconditionally? Maybe even a move back to where it all started for Mirko in K-1? Or perhaps it’s just time to hang it up for good?

I don’t know and I’m not about to tell Cro Cop what he should do, but based on this interview with Jutarnji.hr it sounds like retirement might be a very real possibility. Translation via Robert K of BigOddsMike.com.

Cro Cop: I Didn’t Have The Hunger

I fucked up and that’s all there is to it. Maybe the ones who i’ve said that I’m done are right. Obviously i can’t break my mental block in the octagon. Besides, I’ve been training like a spartan for 20 years now, my body is worn out. The years cought up to me, I’ve been worn out.

WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED IN THE THIRD ROUND BEFORE THE STOPPAGE?

Dos Santos punched me in the eye and tore my eye-lid. Blood and sweat completely blurred my vision. I was standing there like a blind man. At one moment i confused my opponent and the referee.

DID YOU STOP THE FIGHT?

No, I didn’t stop it and I didn’t ask the judge to stop it. But it wasn’t an early stoppage, he won that fight and would have won it by decision.

Simply  put he is younger, more hungry, more aggressive. He wanted to win a lot more.

HIS FACE SHOWS YOU DID SOME DAMAGE?

Yeah, I landed a few good shots and cut above his eye but all together I failed big time.

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE LEGENDARY LHK?

The mat was slippery like glass. I almost fell down trying to do the LHK. But I’m not looking for an alibi. This was not the performance the public would pay for.

SO, WHAT HAPPENED IN DALLAS, WHAT HELD YOU BACK?

I don’t feel the hunger anymore. I started playing it safe, I’m not ready to take risks. I would like to thank everybody that supported me and stood by me and everyone who helped me to prepare for this fight.

THIS SOUNDS LIKE A GOODBYE?

I’ve been living a military life for 20 years now. Getting up at 6 am and having physically challenging task up to 8pm. I want a normal life. I’m entering a cage and thinking about fishing in Privlaka. You can’t win that way.

WAS THIS YOUR LAST FIGHT?

Maybe I shold’ve quit after i won OWGP.

As a fan of Mirko’s, I really want to believe he’s just too small for the division and a move down to 205 would reignite his career, but to be honest, I just don’t think that’s very realistic for a variety of reasons. The biggest one being his lack of hunger as he talks about above.

Emotions are running high now, so I wouldn’t take this to mean he’s definitely retiring, but it certainly looks like that’s the direction he’s leaning in.

Image via UFC.com

  • rick

    Nooooooooooooo…Crocop you still have some fight left in ya.

  • http://convert J montoya

    if hes talking like this now then its time to hang it up i have the up most respect for him and there is no shame in his game – im behind whatever he wants to do – crocop go fishing and wake up at noon !

  • BreakUrNeck

    Go fishing Mirko!! enjoy yourself…I’ve been to that lake a few times myself. Svi hrvati te pozdraviju and we’re proud of you. Bok!

  • BIG D

    What a sad moment…I love cro cop and support whatever he wants, but if he does decide to retire lets all promise to let him name be remembered and learned by the casual mma/ufc fan. Remember all these great wins guys….

    Win 25-6-2 (1) Mostapha Al-turk TKO (Punches) UFC 99 : The Comeback June 13, 2009
    Win 24-6-2 (1) Hong Man Choi TKO (Leg kick) Dynamite!! 2008 December 31, 2008
    Win 23-6-2 Tatsuya Mizuno TKO (Punches) Dream 1 March 15, 2008
    Win 22-4-2 Eddie Sanchez TKO (Punches) UFC 67: All or Nothing February 3, 2007
    Win 21-4-2 Josh Barnett Submission (Strikes)[22] Pride Final Conflict Absolute September 10, 2006
    Win 20-4-2 Wanderlei Silva KO (Head Kick) Pride Final Conflict Absolute September 10, 2006
    Win 19-4-2 Hidehiko Yoshida TKO (Leg Kicks) Pride Critical Countdown Absolute July 1, 2006
    Win 18-4-2 Ikuhisa Minowa TKO (Strikes) Pride Total Elimination Absolute May 5, 2006
    Win 17-3-2 Josh Barnett Decision (Unanimous) Pride 30: Fully Loaded October 23, 2005
    Win 16-2-2 Ibragim Magomedov TKO (Body Kick) Pride Critical Countdown 2005 June 26, 2005
    Win 15-2-2 Mark Coleman KO (Punches) Pride 29: Fists of Fire February 20, 2005
    Win 14-2-2 Kevin Randleman Submission (Guillotine Choke) Pride Shockwave 2004
    Win 13-2-2 Josh Barnett Submission (Shoulder Injury) Pride 28: High Octane October 31, 2004
    Win 12-2-2 Aleksander Emelianenko KO (Head Kick) Pride Final Conflict 2004 August 15, 2004
    Win 11-2-2 Shungo Oyama KO (Strikes) Pride Bushido 4 July 19, 2004
    Win 10-2-2 Hiromitsu Kanehara Decision (Unanimous) Pride Bushido 3 May 23, 2004
    Win 9-1-2 Yoshihisa Yamamoto KO (Strikes) Pride Bushido 2 February 15, 2004
    Win 8-1-2 Ron Waterman TKO (Soccer Kicks) Pride 27: Inferno February 1, 2004
    Win 7-0-2 Dos Caras Jr. KO (Head Kick) Pride Bushido 1 October 5, 2003
    Win 6-0-2 Igor Vovchanchyn KO (Head Kick) Pride Total Elimination 2003
    Win 5-0-2 Heath Herring TKO (Strikes) Pride 26: Bad to the Bone June 8, 2003
    Win 4-0-2 Kazuyuki Fujita Decision (Unanimous) Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2002 December 31, 2002
    Win 3-0-2 Kazushi Sakuraba TKO (Broken Orbital Bone) Pride Shockwave 2002 August 28, 2002 2
    Win 2-0-1 Yuji Nagata TKO (Head Kick and Punches) Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2001 December 31, 2001
    Win 1-0 Kazuyuki Fujita TKO (Cut) K-1: Andy Hug Memorial August 19, 2001

  • Billdo

    Cro Cop vs Liddell

  • Martin

    Mirko! Go for Dream and kick Japanese fighters ass!

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