Despite his advancing age, his losing record in the UFC, and the heartbreak his fans suffered during what was supposed to be a Pride-affirming march to the title in 2007, an ever admirable Cro-Cop has managed to bring great shame to the entire community of MMA fans who are doubting the legitimacy of his return.
In this post on Facebook, Filipović reminds us that he ould have “stuck a finger up [his] ear and easy living, retirement, sleeping till 11, some training, one weekend Privlaka another weekend Pula and like that carelessly till the end of [his] life.” But he fancies himself the Croatian version of the great Greek warrior Achilles, a man with a name we will always remember. Because despite his age and apparent decline, Mirko isn’t afraid to re-engage with a young group of bristling warriors in the UFC. Of course, even Achilles eventually took a fatal arrow to the heel, but most casual students of history haven’t got a clue who killed him.
Translation by Reddit forum member jankisa.