â€œMaybe the ones who have said that Iâ€™m done are right. Obviously, I canâ€™t break my mental block in the Octagon. I have twenty years of training like a spartan behind me. It has caught up with me, my body is broken down. Iâ€™ve been worn out,â€
â€œIâ€™ve been living a military life for 20 years now. Getting up at 6 am and working hard physically until 8 p.m. I want a normal life. Iâ€™m entering a cage and thinking about fishing in Privlaka. You canâ€™t win that way. Maybe I should have quit after I won the [Pride FC] Open Weight Grand Prix.â€
â€œThis was not the kind of performance the public pay for. I donâ€™t feel the hunger anymore. I have started playing it safe, Iâ€™m not prepared to take risks. [Dos Santos] is younger, more hungry, more aggressive. He wanted to win a lot more.â€ [Croation NP via FightersOnly]
It will definitely be hard for Cro Cop to ever step into the Octagon again. Will the pressure of his “offer I can refuse” UFC contract keep the Croatian fighter motivated to fight or is it the end for Cro Cop.