After being knocked out three times in a row in his last UFC stint, Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic finally announced his retirement from professional mixed martial arts in October of 2011. Apparently, Cro Cop doesn’t take the word retirement very seriously.
The Croatian Sensation quickly returned to kickboxing and again to MMA shortly afterward. He easily defeated Shinichi Suzukawa via armbar in December of last year, but he wasn’t as fortunate in his most recent bout against Alexey Oleinik. In one of the most one-sided losses of his career, Cro Cop tapped out to a neck crank in under five minutes of the first round. Immediately after the loss, it was almost impossible for a spectator not to see the look of shock and disappointment on the thirty-nine year old’s face.
As if losing wasn’t frustrating enough already, former Pride Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko exacerbated Cro Cop’s bad mood when he spoke to a Russian media outlet criticizing his formal rival.
Here is an excerpt from BJJEE.com of what Emelianenko said about his former opponent:
“Something happened to him and he does not have either the physical condition or mental attitude.
There is something that broke in him and he is not the same fighter as he was before. This is evident on his style of fighting and on his look during the fight. I don’t know how to explain… You know when a person goes into the ring to win, or at least not to lose. I mean, when a fighter is ready and goes to fight than it can be seen by his look. Regardless of whether he gets hit or not, he goes forward and regardless of whether he wins or loses, he wants to go forward, and it is clear from his burning eyes.
But it also happens that a fighter does not want to, not even to win, but he wants to get out of here so quickly as possible, out of the ring, out of the cage, with any result of the fight.”
Apparently, Cro Cop wasn’t very happy about Emelianenko’s comments.
Here is Cro Cop’s response from MiddleEasy.com:
“Greetings! After resting a bit, let me look back at the fight and some of the events that happened after the fight. Fedor commented on me and today I read a comment from his eminent brother. It’s little to say that I truly respected and liked them both since the time when we fought together in Japan, bot that respect is now gone.
Alexander, who probably caused all the scandal and manfully beat up a 63 years old just so that he doesn’t have to enter the ring with me, I won’t comment too much because the sport is often looked down on because of guys like him, and besides, he doesn’t deserve much of a comment. But Fedor was a grave disappointment. If Fedor fought in my city, I’d come to his hotel, take him out for dinner, have a talk with him, and if I had to tell him something I’d tell it to his face and not talk over newspapers. Afterall, we’re “brothers in arms” and we bled together in Japanese rings, and had a fight that many consider as the best in MMA hisotry, and he not only didn’t have the audacity to say hello, even before the fight in the lockeroom, but he commented on me that I’m this and that, this wasn’t the Fedor that I used to know.
Every one of his loses fell hard on me, as if it were my own, and this same man then says publicly that he doesn’t know what keeps me fighting, that I’m not in shape and such things. Everyone has the right for an opinion, but till I’m shedding my own blood, enduring the torture and pain, the decision is mine, it’s my thing for how long I’ll fight and why I fight.
About the fight, I’m sick because of the loss, but I’m glad that I broke the blockade in my head that I had about grappling through my entire career and I’m glad that I tried to go for a guillotine and after that for a triangle. Sadly, I wasn’t able to get it around him, cause if I did he’d be choked out. If I was able to get both legs together, and it was close, I would have finished him and it would have been “Great job, champ!”, “Awesome!”, “You’re in great shape!”, but like this, it’s just gonna be spitting all over me and this and that.”
Emelianenko has yet to respond to Cro Cop’s statement, and knowing the Russian’s passive attitude, he probably won’t.
I’d say it’s highly unlikely that Cro Cop and Fedor will be celebrating Christmas together this year.