In today’s publication of Sportske Novosti, a Croatian sports daily, Dana White confirmed that Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic will make his return to the octagon in 2008. An actual opponent has not been determined yet, but in the eyes of White, the UFC’s Heavyweight division is extremely stacked now so they’re all dangerous opponents. In a recent discussion, Mirko admitted to Dana that he had lost his focus to fight some time ago. As White states:
“Mirko admitted to me that he lost his mental focus a while ago. He made it obvious that he wasn’t satisfied with his performance in few of his last fights. He had some sort surgery to his nose and he told me, no he guaranteed me that he will be back in full shape.”
Hopefully Mirko can find that hunger that once earned him a spot atop the Heavyweight division. We all know he certainly possesses all the skills in the world to hang with the likes all the top heavyweights. At least all the signs are pointing in the right direction. “Cro Cop” has been making some decisions as of late that clearly show he intends on taking another serious run at the UFC. His first step was correcting a deviated septum which was blocking the passage of air to his nose. Then he went out and got himself a full sized octagon. Mirko claims that he one he had before was too small at it threw off his ability to measure the distancing before setting up his renowned left head kick. With all that said and done, it is likely, or at the very least hopeful, we’ll see a hungry “Cro Cop” resurface in 2008.