UFC Quick Quote: Mirko Cro Cop wants to have one last fight inside the Octagon

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"There's one fight left on my UFC contract. I will have this fight, regardless of what the reporters think. However, there's a possibility that the UFC will insist on not allowing me to fight. I will accept their decision. It's time to retire, despite the fact that I want to continue. Next year, it will be 20 years since my first fight... I had a great career, and I don't regret anything. But I don't want to finish it defeated. I was more than ready for my last two fights, but still, I was unable to see the punches coming. I would like to apologize to all my fans. Believe me, I'm also very disappointed."

Mirko Filipovic, five years removed from his reign of terror in the now defunct PRIDE organization, refuses to let his storied career end with a knockout loss to Brendan Schaub at UFC 128 back on March 19. "Cro Cop" (via ESPN.co.uk) has one fight remaining on his UFC contract and fully intends on satisfying it -- unless the promotion refuses to let him. The Schaub defeat was his second straight and pushed his Octagon record to 4-5, prompting UFC President Dana White to declare at the "Shogun vs. Jones" post-fight press conference that fans had seen the last of the Croatian under the Zuffa banner. But have they? Any chance Filipovic gets to finish out his contract? And would you have any interest in seeing it if he does?

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