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Mirko Cro Cop: 'The fire is back and I am more motivated than ever'

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"The Fire is back. I am more motivated than ever, and trainings are going real well. My injuries have healed, and I am back to my old routines of striking. I am more explosive. I am not looking past my next fight, however I want to fight my way back, and face strong opponents."

After Brendan Schaub called out the aging PRIDE legend back in November, Croatian kickboxer Mirko Filipovic will finally step into the cage at UFC 128: "Shogun vs. Evans" on March 19 in New Jersey to answer "The Hybrid's" call. "Cro Cop" had a two fight winning streak halted after a knee by Frank Mir put him on queer street back at UFC 119 last September. Despite the stoppage, Filipovic sounds undeterred and has recaptured "the fire" that made him one of the sport's most feared strikers. Cro Cop says he's "back" -- but do you believe him?

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