Mirko Cro Cop recently signed a 3-fight deal with the UFC and his next opponent will be against Brazilian rising star Junior Dos Santos at UFC 103. Although Cro Cop is eager to jump right to the top of the heavyweight division, he will be tested by very difficult opponents.
We last saw the Croatian fighter at UFC 99 where he defeated Mostapha Al-turk in what clearly appeared to be an inadvertent eye poke. Nonetheless, Cro Cop was awarded a TKO victory over Al-turk as the referee did not catch the eye poke. Prior to his recent UFC 99 bout, his last Octagon appearance came at UFC 75, which was back in September of 2007. It was at UFC 75 that Cro Cop lost to Cheick Kongo via a unanimous decisiong, attaining his second straight loss in the UFC.
Cro Cop recently shared his thoughts on the current heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. Although he respects Lesnar’s wrestling experience and his ability to learn quickly from his sparring partners, Cro Cop still feels that the former WWE superstar has “yet to have a real struggle” in the Octagon. The Croatian striking specialist believes that Lesnar does not have enough fights under his belt to label him as an unbeatable fighter.
Snip from Cro Cop himself:
“I must point out that his victory is a defeat for the sport as such. Don’t get me wrong, Lesnar is a fearsome and very dangerous opponent, but I am old school, I prefer skill and technique. This win was a defeat of martial skills. Much of what he achieved in the fight is a result of pure power… Of course, Lesnar has quality sparring partners, is an experienced wrestler and a man who learns very quickly. But he is yet to have a real struggle. He does not have many fights in his career and I would love to see how he would react to two or three good low kicks.”