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CroCop: "I suffered from a mental barrier in the UFC"

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Mirko ‘CroCop’ Filipovic says he was suffering from “a huge mental barrier” during his time with the UFC.

The legendary Croatian heavyweight, winner of the PRIDE Openweight Grand Prix in 2006, joined the UFC in 2007 and was expected to smash his way to a title shot with ease. Instead he was knocked out by Gabriel Gonzaga in his second fight for the organisation and never really recovered his confidence.

Having left the UFC recently he was expected to retire, but instead he returned to his first love, kickboxing. CroCop always regretted not having won a K-1 tournament and so now, even though the organisation is shadow of its former self and all the top fighters are in Glory, he is taking a run at winning a K-1GP title.

Last week he fought US heavyweight Randy Blake and won a unanimous decision to progress to the next stage. There was controversy when CroCop struck Blake after a knockdown - clearly still in MMA mode - and was then flattened by Blake when he was looking for a glove touch by way of apology.

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Post #1   10/18/12 4:23:27PM   

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It's ok Mirko. Im still a fan for life


WAR MIRKO CROCOP

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Post #2   10/18/12 4:38:08PM   

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That mental barrier brought to you by: Gabriel Gonzga.


Still a fan of his love to watch him inside the ring or cage.

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Posted by george112



It's ok Mirko. Im still a fan for life


WAR MIRKO CROCOP



This x1,000,000. Cro Cop is a legend. That Gonzaga headkick had me very depressed. I wish Cro Cop would've knocked out everyone he fought in the UFC... c'est la vie! Glad Mirko is doing well Kickboxing

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Big fan of Cro Cop and always will.

Post #5   10/18/12 5:23:49PM   

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I remember when Fedor vs Cro-Cop was THE fight. I think that was the fight I was the most excited about

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I like Crocop just as much as the next man but I personally think he has looked gun shy for a long time now. Gonzaga really changed him as a fighter.

Post #7   10/18/12 7:30:56PM   

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I noticed it. He wasn't the same.
I am just glad that I was able to see his last fight live

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Wish he would have invested in more leg kicks into his arsenal

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His last K-1 fight was really underwhelming. Make no mistake, he cant hang in there against any other final 16 than this weak one this year. Back in past K-1 fights he had youth, relative poorness, and hunger to kick in skulls.

He's old now, dont get your hopes up.

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I hate this so much.

None of my "UFC fan" friends believe me when I say Cro Cop is an all time great.

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Posted by bjj1605

I hate this so much.

None of my "UFC fan" friends believe me when I say Cro Cop is an all time great.



Thats crazy. Dude is a former K-1 contender and a past pride phenom.

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Posted by bjj1605

I hate this so much.

None of my "UFC fan" friends believe me when I say Cro Cop is an all time great.

I would tell them that they need to get educated and stop listening to teh kingsmasher

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