Mirko Cro Cop: Don’t Underestimate Me
The last time Mirko Cro Cop stepped into the Octagon, he was so dispirited by the way the younger, bigger and stronger Junior dos Santos that he quit in the third round and sounded afterward like a man who was ready to quit fighting for good.
But Cro Cop didn’t become one of the greatest heavyweights in mixed martial arts history by quitting when things got tough. And as Cro Cop prepares for his return to MMA against Ben Rothwell at UFC 110, he says the hard work he’s put in with new sparring partners and a revamped training program over the last few months is going to pay major dividends.
“To be a successful fighter now you have to go to a camp,” Cro Cop said. “For all my career I (was) training at home, sparring with friends who were there to help me as a friend, doing me a favor. There were not A-class fighters. It was a mistake of mine to train like that, with friends, at home. It was a handicap I should not have given myself. In Croatia, we do not have big camps like in other countries, but I was not willing to go away to train.”