"It's good to just be back in the win column. It's sad to see 'Cro Cop' is done, but all I know is that if he doesn't want to retire, he's still got fight left in him. He hits hard and he can still bang around, and he can tear it up with the rest of them. (I had to) hit him and make him pay. The second round, I hit him hard and I thought I had him. Then he hit me, and he put me on defense real fast. So I put him on his back, and there wasn't much offense after that."
-- Roy Nelson talks to UFC.com about his big victory over Mirko Filipovic at last night's (Oct. 29, 2011) UFC 137: "Penn vs. Diaz" pay-per-view event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Although necessary to sustain his career fighting inside the Octagon, the victory is somewhat bittersweet for Nelson. That's because it marked the final time "Cro Cop" will lace up the gloves and compete as a professional mixed martial artist. "Big Country" says he's sad to see him go and wants the world to know the legendary Croatian can still compete with the rest of 'em. That said, after two losses in a row and over a year since his last victory, the ever-important "W" was more important than anything. Now that he's got that, Nelson can rest easy ... for now. He called out the winner of Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos during his post-fight interview but it's highly unlikely he'll get his wish on that front. But who should he fight next? Any good ideas for his next opponent, Maniacs? Let's hear it.