It took me all this time to realise that it is impossible to prepare properly without a real good camp and authoritative coach. That was the main fault in my career, I was too lazy to go away to a respected team. Now, I have Hyppolite destroying me on the pads and then I spar six minute rounds with three fresh opponents…The problem before was that I was sparring with friends who were doing me a favour by being there and so I could not go so hard on them, looking for the knockout. In Amsterdam, it was a struggle of life or death. I was looking for the knockout and so was my opponent. In future I will spending a full month in Amsterdam.”
After suffering another heartbreaking loss in the UFC last September, Mirko Cro Cop fired his entire training camp and hired a new one led by Muay Thai trainer Ivan Hyppolite to help him prepare for his upcoming fight against Ben Rothwell at UFC 110. At this point, I don’t think anyone is getting their hopes up that a different camp is the magic solution to Cro Cop’s problems in the cage, but he seems convinced that getting rid of all the yes-men who didn’t push him was exactly what he needed. I still think the majority of Mirko’s problems reside in his head, but hopefully this will give him the confidence he needs to start pulling the trigger again.
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