Afterwards in his post-fight interview with UFC color commentator, Joe Rogan, Cro Cop ended his legendary career in front of a cheering Las Vegas crowd.
Cro Cop thanked the fans and apologized for disappointing them and like Rogan said, he didn't have to apologize.
Cro Cop was the true epitome of a great fighter. He was respectful but possessed the tools to knock your head off if he wanted to.
Mirko taught a lot of fans something. For me, it was his legendary kicks, and for others it was showing them some of the greatest knockouts you will ever see.
Like Russell Crowe's character in Gladiator, he was beloved for his warrior spirit and his fighting style. But tonight, Nelson took the spirit out of Cro Cop and ended his career just like that.
It was sad to see Cro Cop lose the way he did. His demeanor and his attitude after the fight was demoralizing.
To see him that low, was difficult.
But Cro Cop's career is something to remember. Why he felt the need to apologize, I don't know, but he felt like he failed the fans which is totally untrue.
Cro Cop showed us a lot and gave us much more. It was awesome watching him fight, and now, it's time for him to walk out like the legend he is.