All heroes want to go out on their own terms. Fighting heroes want to retire after a win. That's the way it works, and for Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, retiring now would mean retiring after a loss.
Not only a loss, a loss to a young fighter, Brendan Schaub, who looked up to Cro Cop when he fought in Pride.
But according to a Croatian new station, Cro Cop wants one more fight in the UFC, to go out on a win rather then a third round, knockout loss.
"He is already back to his trainings. He plans on fighting again as his last fight, as he wants to go out with a win, sooner than later!" said the news station.
Cro Cop does indeed want to go out on a win, and rightfully so. But also due to the recent purchase of Strikeforce by the UFC's parent company, Zuffa, Cro Cop would have no place to go if he planned to return.
"The UFC create a monopoly in MMA,” Cro Cop was quoted as saying.
Cro Cop has recently expressed interest in returning and fighting and it comes as no surprise that he is indeed training for one last fight.
One last fight that, if Cro Cop won, would be the ultimate finish to a legendary career by one of the greatest fighters in Pride history.