After Mirko Cro Cop’s third round knockout loss to Brendan Schaub at UFC 128 last March, it appeared that the PRIDE veteran’s run in the UFC had come to an end. During his UFC stint, Cro Cop had earned victories over Eddie Sanchez, Mostapha Al-Turk, Anthony Perosh, and Pat Barry — however those wins were outweighed by convincing losses to Gabriel Gonzaga, Cheick Kongo, Junior dos Santos, Frank Mir and Schaub.
Despite Cro Cop’s less-than-stellar performances in the Octagon, UFC President Dana White revealed at yesterday’s UFC 130 pre-fight press conference that Cro Cop asked for the last fight on his current UFC contract, and he will receive the bout at a future date.
“Do I think he should have retired? Yeah,” said White (props to MMAFighting for the transcription). “But I don’t think he’s in one of these situations like Chuck Liddell, who needed to retire right then. He’s a man, a grown man, and if he wants to continue to fight, that’s his right. And he still has a fight with me.”
Cro Cop’s current record stands at 27-9-2 with twenty of his wins coming via KO or TKO, four by submission and three by decision. The 36-year old former Croatian special forces officer’s resume reads as a “who’s who” of MMA legends and he has added a great percentage of footage to MMA highlight reels everywhere with his trademark head kick knockouts and devastating punches. However, his UFC record stands at 4-5, having lost his last two bouts by third round knockout.
Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.