“Maybe the ones who have said that I’m done are right. Obviously, I can’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. I’ve been worn out,”
“I’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. I’m entering a cage and thinking about fishing in Privlaka. You can’t win that way. Maybe I should have quit after I won the [Pride FC] Open Weight Grand Prix.”
“This was not the kind of performance the public pay for. I don’t feel the hunger anymore. I have started playing it safe, I’m not prepared to take risks. [Dos Santos] is younger, more hungry, more aggressive. He wanted to win a lot more.” [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.