Mirko Cro Cop

“I will fight this fight first and then sit down with Dana to talk about the future. I can tell my fans and UFC fans, I don’t know if I will win the UFC Heavyweight Title, but I will give absolutely everything trying to get that belt. I am coming back to earn my shot at the UFC title…This time is going to be different, a different Cro Cop that was in the UFC in 2007…Last time, I had injuries – old injuries from PRIDE – which prevented me from fighting to the best of my abilities. But most of all I felt like I had given everything of myself in my fights in PRIDE…I felt tired, I was empty inside and I should have taken a longer rest before coming into the UFC. I think maybe I came into the UFC too early. I should have waited for my injuries to heal and to take a break for myself before coming in…But I am 100% healed now, am in much better shape, and that’s why I have come back to the UFC. I never lost touch with Dana White, we would talk every now and then, but recently I told him my injuries were completely healed and I was ready to come back to the UFC.”

—Mirko Cro Cop, via Fighters Only, continuing to reassure his fans that he’s 100% healthy and ready to make a real run at the UFC Heavyweight Championship.

In eight short days, we’ll find out if this just talk or if the old Cro Cop might actually be back. I’m hesitant to get my hopes up too high, but you better believe I’m hoping for the latter. Who’s with me?