"I'm in a final stage of my career. I don't know if that means I have three, five, 10 or 15 fights left, but I know one thing for sure ... this is going to be the most productive part of my career. I've resolved in my head things that were bothering me. I had to answer the question do I still want to train so hard every day. And now I'm certain that I do. It's not about the money anymore. I've made enough money throughout my career. I realized I don't know how to live without fighting. And people who ask me why don't I end my career with 35 years...well, maybe they didn't have anything in their lives they were devoted to 100 percent. I'm just asking them to try to understand me, I can't live without fighting. So please people, stop giving me advice to quit! I know one thing now, One day when I stop fighting -- a part of me will certainly die. My recovery is going better than any doctor expected. I believe my first fight could be on DREAM 9."
Pride FC 2006 Open Weight Grand Prix winner Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic (24-6-2) — who is recovering from knee surgery following his technical knockout win over Hong Man Choi at Field’s Dynamite!! on New Year’s Eve — indicates he could have plans to return at Dream 9, which is scheduled for the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan, on May 26. The 34-year-old Croatian striker has fallen on hard times since his tournament-winning performance two years ago, losing two of five fights and looking listless in the process. No potential opponent was mentioned in the interview; however, it appears that Filipovic is ready to once again take on all comers. Is one last epic swan song on the horizon or has the sport passed him by?