For UFC 137's Mirko "Cro Cop," Roy Nelson May Be Final Bout in Legendary Career

Joshua CareySenior Analyst IOctober 27, 2011

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 21: A pensive Mirko Cro Cop of Croatia walks to the octagon before fighting Gabriel Gonzaga of USA in a Heavyweight bout of the Ultimate Fighting Championship at the Manchester Evening News Arena on April 21, 2007 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gary M. Prior/Getty Images)
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Ten years since he made his professional mixed martial arts debut, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic may call it a career after UFC 137.

"Cro Cop" (27-9-2) faces Roy Nelson (15-6) in a heavyweight tilt live on pay-per-view from Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

The legendary striker today stated at the pre-fight press conference that Nelson may be the final opponent of his storied career.

“I wish you could see the new Cro Cop, 15 years younger," he said. "I wish it’s possible, but unfortunately I’m 37 and this could easily be my last fight in the UFC. It has nothing to do with the result of the fight,” Cro Cop stated.

“If I win or if I lose, especially if I lose, but even if I win this could easily be my last fight in the UFC.”

While "Cro Cop" has been unable to find the same success in UFC that he had in PRIDE, the Croatian's remained a fan favorite.

In his prime he was a feared striker who claimed victories over Josh Barnett, Wanderlei Silva, Kevin Randleman and Mark Coleman to merely name a few.

Tougher times have come during his tenure with UFC, and the half-dozen surgeries he's had certainly haven't done him any favors inside the Octagon.

However, at 37 years of age, he's finally healthy and has been upbeat during fight week.

On Saturday night, "Cro Cop" will attempt to claim his fifth and possible final victory against Nelson. If he is successful and decides to retire, he'll go down as a legend in the world's fastest growing sport.

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