Croatian sports news site Sportal.hr has a positive update on Mirko’s recovery and a few rumors about his next fight, including one that would put him in the Octagon at UFC 99 in Germany.
Despite the wishes of his mother and wife Mirko Cro Cop will not be retiring any time soon. Even after a successful knee reconstruction Mirko Filipovic is not even think about ending his illustrious career. He remains hospitalized after his knee surgery however he is already thing about his next bout.
“I’m usually in a lot pain after major surgeries however I’ve felt no pain this time. I have no idea why, maybe the years inside the ring have tought me to tolerate pain. I hope to begin training in May and hope to return to fighting in June.” said Cro Cop.
We’ve learned from people close to the UFC that Cro Cop could return to the cage at UFC 99 in Cologne, Germany . President Dana White once again said he would welcome Mirko’s return. A fight front of thousands of Croatians fans would be a great spectacle and undoubtedly a career high light for the Croatian. It would be a huge occasion. However leaving Dream wont be an easy task. FEG is sure make another lucrative offer would extended his contract with the organization.
“They’ve offered me to fight Overeem under K1 rules. At 34 years of age ideally I’d like to fight for both organizations. At 34 years of age, I don’t have many more fights left but fighting for both companies would keep me as active as possible.” Concluded Cro Cop.
Visiting him during his hospitalization have been the members of the Cro Cop Team including manager Zvonimir Lucic and sparing partner Igor Pokrajac. Cro Cop will start his physical recovery on Monday when begins to train his upper body.
Hopefully, the nagging knee injury has been the root of Cro Cop’s inability to pull the trigger like he once did, although I admit I have my doubts. Regardless, it sounds like we’ll be seeing his return sometime this summer, perhaps in the Octagon, but more likely across the Pacific in Japan. Either one would be good; a chance for redemption in the UFC or the opportunity to settle the score with nemesis Alistair Overeem. Both great story lines to make for anticipated fights for Cro Cop in 2009.