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UFC 75: Cro Cop breaks his rib against Kongo

Cheick Kongo beat Mirko Cro Cop this past Saturday at UFC 75-Champion vs. Champion in a 3-round Heavyweight battle.  We didn’t see the old Cro Cop we expected as he looked very hesitant throughout the fight, especially the second and third round.  Cro Cop fought pretty well in the first roundas he put Kongo in some danger when he fully mounted, but it wasn’t enough to
put him away.  Kongo’s strength kept Mirko’s head close to his chest in order to prevent any ground and pound, which worked to the French Sensation’s advantage.

At the end of the night, Kongo was victorious and Cro Cop added another loss to
his record.  This is the first time Cro Cop loses 2 times in a row. Cro
Cop was very slow with his attacks and we find out why in a Croatian interview
that was translated thanks to mmanews.com:

“What can I say, I’m very disappointed. I
broke a rib already in the first round, so I was breathing heavily, I also got
two knees in the groin, which hurt my stamina. I feel bad, I fought bad, maybe
I’m getting older,” he tried to make a joke. “My rib hurts, don’t be
mad, we’re gonna continue. I just want to go home right now and take a rest.
We’ll see. Thanks to everyone who came to Londonto
support me, thanks!”
 

Cro
Cop loses once again and to many, he seems just about done with his career.
Does this really tell us that his MMA career is over?? I mean he broke a rib
and getting hit in the groin doesn’t help at all! It’s hard to perform
accurately when you aren’t 100% healthy at the time of the fight, especially if
you break your rib.

He
is going through 2 difficult losses and it’s just something many of us have
never seen Cro Cop go through before. It definitely doesn’t mean the end of the
world, especially for a fighter like Mirko. Wanderlei Silva
went through similar type of scenario where he lost 2 times in a row, one
against Cro Cop and the other against Dan Henderson.
Wanderlei then decided the best thing to do was to take some time off for
himself in order to recover emotionally. Sometimes this can help fighters come
back fresh once again, but it all depends on the individual.

Congrats
to Kongo and we hope to see Cro Cop back!

1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. hellfighter25

    September 11, 2007 at 10:17 am

    no wonder! I almost broke my TV when I saw how bad he was fighting.

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