UFC 137 Results: What We Learned from Mirko Cro Cop vs. Roy Nelson

Sal DeRose@@TheSalDeRoseCorrespondent IOctober 29, 2011

UNCASVILLE, CT - MAY 16:  Roy Nelson (White Trunks) of the Lions Den celebrates after beating Brad Imes MilesTech Fighting System during their bout presented by the International Fighting League at the Mohegan Sun Arena May 16, 2008 in Uncasville, Connecticut.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic entered what was his 40th career MMA fight against Roy Nelson, and unfortunately, ended it as the loser at UFC 137.

Nelson was able to stop Mirko's poor takedown and pound him out for the win. Nelson controlled the fight on the ground really well and broke the will of Cro Cop.

Unfortunately this is one of the sadder "What We Learned" articles I've written, but here it is...

 

What We'll Remember From This Fight

The fact that this is probably Mirko Cro Cop's last fight. Cro Cop was pretty great standing, but when Nelson got him to the ground we saw some vintage "Nelson lay-and-pray."

 

What We Learned About Mirko Cro Cop

Cro Cop is planning to retire and seemed pretty defeated after the fight. The match ended in the worst way possible, as it looked like he just gave up and let his entire career die at the hands of Nelson's ground-and-pound.

 

What We Learned About Roy Nelson

Nelson showed great ground game like usual and controlled Mirko for most of the fight. His standup was working well for him, but when the fight went to the ground it was clear he was in control.

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 Man
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What's Next for Mirko Cro Cop?

Like it's been said already, Cro Cop is most likely done in MMA. His attitude afterward and everything he said post-fight just leads you to believe it is over for the MMA legend.

 

What's Next for Roy Nelson?

Although Nelson may want the winner of Junior dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez next week and a shot at the title, he won't get that. Nelson could get the winner of the Matt Mitrione and Cheick Kongo fight tonight.

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