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While UFC 128 may be remembered as the start of Jon Jones' championship run, it may also be remembered as the end of Mirko Cro Cop’s career.
Cro Cop faced TUF season 10 runner up Brendan Schaub.
While Cro Cop came in at great shape, and looked determined during his walk in, there was an eerie feeling about him.
Even his entrance music, which is usually the upbeat Duran Duran’s "Wild Boys," was the cowboy-themed "The Ecstasy of Gold" from “The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.”
It’s an epic song, but it’s also one that made me think Cro Cop knew this would be his last rodeo.
While Cro Cop threw a few leg kicks to the head, and was able to get his shots in on Schaub, the Hybrid’s take downs and ground work proved too much for Cro Cop.
The fight looked like it would go to decision until right when Schaub landed a strong counter punch that sent Cro Cop to the ground late in the third round.
This fight reminded many of Chuck Liddell’s final fight. He came in with great shape, but was caught out of nowhere.
Mirko is an MMA legend. No one can take that away. He would be doing everyone a service if he hung up the gloves now, with his health still intact.