There’s one fight left on my UFC contract. I will have this fight, regardless of what the reporters think. However, there’s a possibility that the UFC will insist on not allowing me to fight. I will accept their decision. It’s time to retire, despite the fact that I want to continue. Next year, it will be 20 years since my first fight… I had a great career, and I don’t regret anything. But I don’t want to finish it defeated… There’s no other options. UFC is a monopoly. Soon, they’ll swallow Strikeforce, so I have basically nowhere to go. The Japanese market is dead, DREAM is dead, and the tragedy in Japan annihilated all the other Japanese MMA promotions.
Dana White told reporters immediately after UFC 128 that Cro Cop had fought his last fight in the UFC and clearly Mirko realizes he has nowhere else to go. Unless Dana has a change of heart, it looks like this is the end of the road for Mirko Cro Cop. It’s too bad he couldn’t have gone out on one last left high kick.
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