UFC Quick Quote: Mirko Cro Cop vows improvement, knows fight with Pat Barry at UFC 115 is a must-win

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"We are working hard on just about every part of the game. After so many years in this sport, some things need improvements but some are good as they always were. I'll always be more comfortable with striking, but I do a lot of ground work, takedowns, throws and other stuff. You can expect some new exciting techniques from me, that's for sure... Yes, the competition is really strong nowadays. These young lions are talented, well rounded and hungry, that's what makes them dangerous... Barry is young but very talented, I've seen his fights. I need this win as it's important for my future in UFC. It should be a good fight, I'm sure that we'll deliver an action-packed fight."

Mirko Cro Cop hasn't exactly enjoyed the same success in the UFC that he once found back in Japan. The 2006 Pride FC Openweight Grand Prix Champion has only managed to compile a .500 record, going 3-3 in his time with the world's leading MMA promotion. There has been plenty of talk as to what is different with Cro Cop and why he seems to lack the killer instinct that at one time made him the most feared striker in the game. In an interview with Nokaut.com, the Croation heavyweight details what he's doing differently in order to improve his game in preparation for his upcoming bout with fellow kickboxer Pat Barry at UFC 115 on June 12. Anyone care to size up this fight? Is Mirko gonna reassert himself as a mid to high-level competitor in the UFC's stacked heavyweight division? Or, will Pat Barry continue to send his career in the downward spiral it appears destined for?

HT: Bloody Elbow

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