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Mirko Cro Cop: For most fighters, the end to their careers is violent

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Mirko Filipovic put a bow on his legendary mixed martial arts (MMA) career after an injury forced him out of his scheduled bout against Anthony Hamilton, which was set to go down this past weekend (Sat., Nov. 28, 2015) at UFC Fight Night 79 in Seoul, South Korea.

And though he went out on a three-fight win streak, his exit from combat sports wasn't exactly ceremonious.

Aside from leaving hurt, news surfaced that "Cro Cop" had failed a pre-fight drug test for injecting human growth hormone (HGH) to help with his ailing shoulder.

It was a finding that the Croatian didn't deny.

During a recent stop at "The MMA Hour," "Cro Cop" talked about his decision to retire, saying that just like his exit, most fight careers come to an end in a rather "violent" way.

"Listen, that's life. This is a violent sport and, in most cases, the end is violent. You either leave this sport with a serious injury or you lost three or four fights in a row and your employer doesn't want to give anymore fights. That's true about this sport. It's either injury or you lose fights and get fired. But, that's the law in our sport and that's how it works. Of course, it would be best if I could finish all three fights on the contract with three victories and after the last fight I say in the cage, I say 'this is my last fight and will never again.' But, it doesn't work that way. I don't know who says goodbye that way. Most get injured or lose and are forced to retire. I was lucky, I am leaving with a big victory since I left UFC. I have 13 fights and very successful, won K-1 and I returned UFC, rematch Gonzaga, which was an important fight for me. I went to Japan and beat two times there the champion there. What else can I ask?"

For Mirko, the failed drug test -- which earned him a two-year suspension -- wasn't the deciding factor in walking away from MMA. On the contrary, he says the fight was canceled because of an injury and it would have stayed that way regardless of the test results.

That's because he wouldn't have made the same mistake of fighting injured much like he did in his bout against Roy Nelson, revealing he faced "Big Country" despite tearing his bicep a week prior to the bout at UFC 137.

Furthermore, the former Pride FC standout says training is no longer fun, and the multiple injuries that he's acquired over the years are too much to overcome.

Sound familiar?

Though he isn't too sure what the future holds career-wise, Filipovic says he will do some seminars after the New Year in his home country of Croatia for kickboxing and MMA. That won't bring him much income, as he says he will do those for free.

Plus, he will invest his time in training his 13-year old son on the art of MMA, though he doesn't exactly want him to follow in his footsteps.