MMA News: Mirko Filipovic's Retirement Plan, UFC 137, Paul Daley and More

Mirko Filipovic told MMAFighting.com that if he loses at UFC 137, he’s done.

“I want to retire as the old Cro Cop. I don’t know if I will be able to do it, but I will die trying. Nothing is hard for me. I will die trying…Look at Fedor [Emelianenko]. Fedor was untouchable until one year ago, and today nobody’s talking about him. He lost three times in a row. He was a great champion, great fighter, but he lost three times in a row and nobody talks about him. Only the fans who followed him his whole career respect what he did with his career, but that’s the name of the game. I don’t want it to happen to me…[If I lose I will] say to people, ‘I apologize, and I’m sorry I wast[ed] your time.’ That’s all I can say and that’s exactly what I will say. I will disappear from the UFC and I will apologize, first to the headquarters of the UFC, because I was treated like a king, I was paid well, and unfortunately I didn’t justify the treatment. I didn’t justify the treatment. I don’t want [to] live on an old glory. That’s why, believe me, I trained really hard for this fight.”

Cro Cop has looked average in his return to the UFC. There were spurts of the old killer in every fight, but he never quite put it all together. If he trained as hard as he claims, maybe he can show the fans something they’ve been wanting to see since his return. He’ll have a tough task doing it against Roy Nelson though.

In an interview with MMAWeekly.com, Paul Daley expressed interest in fighting newly acquired BAMMA talent, Nate Marquardt for their championship sometime next year. “I got up for it. It’s a huge fight for myself. It’s a huge fight my hometown as well. I started planning camp. We planned out how we were going to train and how we were going to split everything up. This would have been one of the most intense and hard-focused training camps I would have had…It’s a fight that can still happen, so hopefully next year, depending on where I’m at and how things work out, it can be a fight we can do next year, hopefully here in the U.K…I want to fight for the belt and Nate is the biggest fight there in BAMMA.

It’s definitely the biggest fight BAMMA could put on two ex-UFC fighters still in their prime would do wonders for ticket sales and television views. But Daley will have to win this December to make it happen.

UFC officials announced that their December Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale event has added another fight, as Ultimate Fighter 13 winner Tony Ferguson will meet Yves Edwards on the card. Ferguson has looked great since winning the TUF crown, but this will easily be his toughest test yet. I’m eager to see this fight.

This year’s World MMA Awards, which take place from The Pearl at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas on Nov. 30, will be co-hosted by outspoken UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen and Molly Querim. The show will air on FSN affiliates as well as re-air dates on Fuel and FSN. Well, get your popcorn ready, to steal a line from Terrell Owens. Sonnen with a mic is going to be ridiculous, and sometimes funny. I’m setting the over/under of him mentioning Anderson Silva at 5 occurrences. I’m taking the over.

King’s MMA trainer Rafael Cordeiro told Tatame.com that Fabricio Werdum is on his way back to the UFC. “He’s back to the trainings, he’s making everybody laugh. He’ll probably fight in December…He’s talking to the UFC, and maybe they come up with something for December. I like the idea, he deserves it. In case it actually happens, UFC is the place he should’ve never left. The best [fighters] are there, and there’s where Werdum belongs.” No surprise here. I’m sure he was the one rumored to face off with Shane Carwin before Carwin hurt his back again. As for deserving to be in the UFC, I don’t know about that. He’s a good fighter to be sure, but he’s also coming off a loss.


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