Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic talked about his upcoming plans at a pre-UFC 70 teleconference this week. Cro Cop is scheduled to fight Gabriel Gonzaga this Saturday at UFC 70 in Manchester, England, with the winner of that fight getting a title shot against UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture in August.
Cro Cop said that he is trying to focus completely on Gonzaga and that to even talk about his next fight after that is a jinx and could hurt his focus on the Gonzaga fight. Cro Cop said that he has watched Gonzaga’s fights on tape and that he has been impressed by Gonzaga, particularly with his Jiu-Jitsu skills.
When asked about Randy Couture’s victory over Tim Sylvia, Cro Cop said that he had only seen highlights of the fight, but that Couture looked very impressive in the highlights that he did see. He added that his manager just got the whole fight for him, so he will be watching it soon. Cro Cop does not believe that age will be a factor in the potential Couture fight, due to the fact that Couture looked so impresive against Sylvia.
When asked which fighters he would like to fight other than Gonzaga and Couture, he said that he would like to fight Fedor Emelianenko and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in the very near future. Fedor, Nogueira, and Mark Hunt are the only fighters who hold un-avenged MMA victories over Cro Cop.
Cro Cop said that his term in the Croatian Parliament ends in six or seven months, and he will not be seeking a second term.
He will instead return to the Special Forces police unit in Croatia, which he says will not affect his MMA career. Cro Cop said that it has been an honor to serve in Parliament, but that he enjoys fighting more than he enjoys politics.
When asked about the possibility of fighting Chuck Liddell at some point in the future, Cro Cop said that he is not able to make the 205-pound weight limit, but he would welcome a fight with Chuck Liddell or anyone else if the fight was contested in the heavyweight division.
Cro Cop also said that he is adapting well to fighting in the Octagon instead of a ring and that he is in perfect health going into this weekend’s event. He will be making his entrance on Saturday to his usual “Wild Boys” theme song, not the Pride theme song that played during his entrance for his February UFC fight against Eddie Sanchez.