Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic started out fairly strong in 2010, rebounding from a knockout loss to Junior dos Santos in 2009 by earning victories over an outmatched Anthony Perosh and Pat Barry. However, he unfortunately was unable to end the year on a high note, as he was knocked out in the last round of a dismal UFC 119 scrap with Frank Mir back in September. The former Croatian parliamentarian recently appeared on Croatian news station Nova TV, where he relayed his plans for this upcoming year–a year he believes will rival the one that saw him win the PRIDE Open-Weight Grand Prix. (Props to MMAMania for the find)
“Finally I should be okay now,” Filipovic said, in reference to some long-standing injuries. “I invested a lot in trainings, therapies and I think that 2011 will be my year, better than 2006.”
“Cro Cop” also gave a projected date for his return, telling Nova TV that he has options to fight this upcoming February.
“I have two options in February, which of these two will be I don’t know but for sure I will fight in second month,” he said.
Filipovic’s assertion that he will fight in February is slightly curious, as he was given a mandatory 180-day suspension following his September bout with Mir, which would keep him out of action until April of 2011. Overlaid on the mandatory 180-day suspension was an indefinite suspension pending the clearance of a CT scan; though, even if “Cro Cop” passed the CT scan he would still be required to serve the 180-day suspension.
Given the nature of “Cro Cop’s” last loss and some of his recent performances, do you think he should hang up his gloves or continue to compete? If you would like to see him press on, who are some opponents you would like to see him matched up against? Sound off in the comments section.