Cro Cop Back to the UFC If He Beats Choi on NYE?

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Wolfenstein
12/29/08 2:28:36PM
Our buddy Robert at FreeFightVideos has a report that suggests a return to the UFC for Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic might be as simple as a win over Hong Man Choi on New Year’s Eve. Cro Cop has apparently been dropping hints lately that the fight at K-1 Dynamite will “end one chapter and start another” in his career, and insists he’s not retiring.

But Cro Cop has been increasingly vague about his plans for 2009, and when Dana White appeared on the “Best Damn Sports Show,” he stated that, “if [Cro Cop] wins, he will definitely be welcomed back into the UFC."

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motorboatensob
12/29/08 2:33:35PM
He still isn't ready in the Alastair fight he look just like he did in the UFC " like he didn't know what to do with a fighter". I would love to have the Pride Cro Cop in the UFC but not this one.
jae_1833
12/29/08 2:39:34PM
NO.....definitely not! He hasn't improved his ground game, or defeated a competent opponent convincingly. He's not ready for a return to the UFC yet, and I love watching him fight. Choi.....really people, C'MON!!!
MikeyG
12/29/08 2:40:20PM

Posted by motorboatensob

He still isn't ready in the Alastair fight he look just like he did in the UFC " like he didn't know what to do with a fighter". I would love to have the Pride Cro Cop in the UFC but not this one.



let me hit you in the balls multiple times and see if you perform well, kongo is a dirty fighter and overeem probably would have won but that whole situation is over, cro cop will be back to form and im glad hes thinking about the ufc again, he really needs to start training with a cage though
Shawn17
12/29/08 2:53:19PM
cro cop will be back hes fighting to cautiously as of late and is sitting back and waiting to much. i know thats kind of his style but when you are losing a fight you need to attack.
wiggum
12/29/08 3:04:26PM
i doubt he'll ever be back in the ufc...he almost platoe'd his career after he won the grand prix and pretty much called it good, as in he acted like he nothing else to achieve....lets not forget that after the grand prix there were many reports talking about how he wanted to retire....i just think the drive is gone that once fueled him.....in the fights against overeem and kongo, which are the only fights that i would warrent him looking bad (i know the gonzaga fight was a highlight ko and great ground control, but its not like he looked bad, he just got out fought in an unfamiliar enviroment by a better fighter that night in my opionon), in those fights he got kneed in the balls alot...that can take any fighter out of his element.....yet in the overeem fight he looked lost before that as well....its hard to tell sometimes with him, and i dont think choi is the guy to show us were cro cop stands, unless of course he loses...he just needs to find his drive again and soon, his years will be catching up here shortly
Wallass
12/29/08 3:08:39PM
I dont see Cro Cop deing able to handle most of the Heavyweight fighters. Nog, Lesnar, Couture, Mir, Kongo, Barry. Any of those guys should be able to handle him with relative ease.
holt8081
12/29/08 3:12:29PM

Posted by Wallass

I dont see Cro Cop deing able to handle most of the Heavyweight fighters. Nog, Lesnar, Couture, Mir, Kongo, Barry. Any of those guys should be able to handle him with relative ease.

D0wnUnd6e6r
12/29/08 3:30:05PM
CHOI FTW!!!!!
cmill21
12/29/08 4:01:10PM
Not what i'm hearing The UFC did talk about him quite a bit during the 92 broadcast.
higdon10
12/29/08 4:12:45PM
CC is just going to get embaressed by top tier UFC HW's
jiujitsufreak74
12/29/08 4:13:43PM
i honestly think the only HWs that can beat Choi are Fedor, Lesnar and Nog. people really seem to forget he has K-1 level power and striking and it is near impossible to take him down.
cmill21
12/29/08 4:16:00PM

Posted by jiujitsufreak74

i honestly think the only HWs that can beat Choi are Fedor, Lesnar and Nog. people really seem to forget he has K-1 level power and striking and it is near impossible to take him down.



Yep, so if Cro Cop can do it people should be impressed, but they won't be. Choi's a freak show fight, but a guy with less meaningful wins in K-1, Pat Barry, is everyones newest lover.
loller90278
12/29/08 4:36:34PM

Posted by cmill21


Posted by jiujitsufreak74

i honestly think the only HWs that can beat Choi are Fedor, Lesnar and Nog. people really seem to forget he has K-1 level power and striking and it is near impossible to take him down.



Yep, so if Cro Cop can do it people should be impressed, but they won't be. Choi's a freak show fight, but a guy with less meaningful wins in K-1, Pat Barry, is everyones newest lover.



haha agreed. i think people think a win in the ufc is much more significant than any other org in the world.

if choi beat dan evenson at ufc 92, (which he easily would) people would be talking about letting choi fight lesner for the title..
MikeyG
12/29/08 4:52:14PM

Posted by cmill21


Posted by jiujitsufreak74

i honestly think the only HWs that can beat Choi are Fedor, Lesnar and Nog. people really seem to forget he has K-1 level power and striking and it is near impossible to take him down.



Yep, so if Cro Cop can do it people should be impressed, but they won't be. Choi's a freak show fight, but a guy with less meaningful wins in K-1, Pat Barry, is everyones newest lover.



i would definatly be impressed in cro cop took him down or submitted choi

i consider myself a cro cop fan but i think he left because he knew the cage wasnt working for him, believe me theres nothing i want more than for cro cop to rematch kongo and knock him out brutally but i think new blood like barry is gonna revamp the HW division (or LH which is where he should be)
Manak
12/29/08 5:42:59PM

Posted by MikeyG


Posted by cmill21


Posted by jiujitsufreak74

i honestly think the only HWs that can beat Choi are Fedor, Lesnar and Nog. people really seem to forget he has K-1 level power and striking and it is near impossible to take him down.



Yep, so if Cro Cop can do it people should be impressed, but they won't be. Choi's a freak show fight, but a guy with less meaningful wins in K-1, Pat Barry, is everyones newest lover.



i would definatly be impressed in cro cop took him down or submitted choi

i consider myself a cro cop fan but i think he left because he knew the cage wasnt working for him, believe me theres nothing i want more than for cro cop to rematch kongo and knock him out brutally but i think new blood like barry is gonna revamp the HW division (or LH which is where he should be)



actually his leaving was mutal. there was clause in his contract saying if he lost 2 in row they would do this cuase he was expected to get the title. plus choi is no easy fight n if CC can pull off the LHK.....jizz in my pants
Sir_Karl
12/29/08 5:47:08PM
If Cro Cop does return to the UFC I hope it is the Mirko of old.
The Mirko we saw in Pride was an animal.
You could see it in his eyes.
He had confidence and determination in his eyes.
In the UFC he didn't have that look.
For reasons unknown to me Mirko looked lost in the UFC.
I am not sure if the Mirko of old is back or not.
A return trip to the UFC would answer that question.
The Mirko of old would be a great addition to the UFC's Heavy weight division!
lomez
12/29/08 6:51:22PM
Cro Cop doesn't need to improve his ground game, or anything like that. He just needs his killer instinct back. And I think he's realized that his particular style might need some honing if its gonna work well in the octagon.
prozacnation1978
12/29/08 10:26:20PM
i wanna see cro cop fight live
believe me if he comes back alistair will be right behind him to sign in the ufc as well

The-Don
12/29/08 11:05:36PM
yea someone said it already.. CroCop just did not look like he wanted to be there.. He lost his motivation.. he gets that back and he could easily be a force to be reckoned with. He would be one of the best HW strikers in the UFC. And getting CroCop back and maybe Arvloski may be jsut what the UFC needs to lure other big name HWs including Fedor himself. I'd still love to see Lesnar Choi as that was supposed to be Brocks first fight... And I'd love to Crocop get revenge on those who beat him in the UFC and I'd like to see Brock against a striker of CroCop caliber.. all could be interesting fights.
RNC
12/30/08 1:26:43AM
I would love to see Cro Cop come back to the UFC, get a few wins under his belt, and rematch Kongo once Kongo eventually loses. Cro cop got kneed in the balls something like 9 times in that fight, and he broke his ribs in the first round. I think that fight could go completely differently.
motorboatensob
12/30/08 2:14:52PM

Posted by MikeyG


Posted by motorboatensob

He still isn't ready in the Alastair fight he look just like he did in the UFC " like he didn't know what to do with a fighter". I would love to have the Pride Cro Cop in the UFC but not this one.



let me hit you in the balls multiple times and see if you perform well, kongo is a dirty fighter and overeem probably would have won but that whole situation is over, cro cop will be back to form and im glad hes thinking about the ufc again, he really needs to start training with a cage though




I agree the ball hits messed him up but he looked like crap before the first hit.
cmill21
12/30/08 2:18:44PM

Posted by motorboatensob




I agree the ball hits messed him up but he looked like crap before the first hit.



He dominated Kongo in round one, but broke and dislocated two ribs while throwing a kick. Not saying he would have won, but he did look good until round 2.
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