Longtime MMA veteran Mirko Cro Cop recently announced his retirement after winning the Rizin 2016 Openweight Grand Prix, defeating Amir Aliakbari in the finals.
Despite that retirement announcement, Cro Cop may be looking to do a retirement fight and he wants it in Japan.
“It would be nice if I will be able to recover enough that I can have a farewell fight, maybe in Japan. It would be nice, but to tell you the truth I don’t know how the surgery will do,” Cro Cop said on The MMA Hour. “I’m grateful. Huge support I had in my career. Sometimes I ask myself, do I deserve it? I had unbelievable support.”
Even though Cro Cop is now retired, he admits that the fire to compete is still inside of him, which may have prompted a potential retirement fight down the line.
“There will always be a fire inside of me. But there is a time where you have to say enough,” Cro Cop said.
Outside of winning the Rizin 2016 Openweight Grand Prix, Cro Cop also won the PRIDE Openweight Grand Prix many years back, defeating another MMA legend in Wanderlei Silva in the finals of that tournament.