Following another tough loss this evening against Brendan Schaub it appears that Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic’s time in the UFC has finally come to an end.
Speaking at the UFC 128 post-fight press conference UC president Dana White stated that this was “probably” the last time the Croatian would set foot in the Octagon.
The 36 year-old had been putting on a relatively competitive display against Schaub, even throwing a few of his trademark head-kicks, and busting open his opponents nose with a short chopping elbow in the second round.
Schaub had the upper hand for large periods of the fight though, and turned up the heat in the closing stages of the third round when he clipped him awkwardly with a powerful right hand that sent Cro Cop crashing to the canvas.
There was almost a touch of deja-vu about it as in his previous fight against Frank Mir he had also looked to be heading to the judges scorecards before being KO’d in the final minute of the bout.
Perhaps a tad unlucky, but the truth of the matter is that Cro Cop is no longer the fighter he once was during a dominant run in the PRIDE organization. His record in the UFC now stands at 4-5, and even in his victories there’s been few stand-out moments.
It’s not clear whether Cro Cop will continue fighting, but he himself has talked of retirement a number of times in the past, and it seems that now would be a good time to hang up his gloves.