I was more a fan of boxing than mixed martial arts when Cro Cop was in his prime. \u00a0I plead ignorance. \u00a0If I am to blame, it\u2019s because I wasn\u2019t an edgy enough middle-aged prophet to divine the future of combat entertainment. \u00a0Be that as it may. \u00a0When Mirko joined the UFC and lost his second fight to Gabriel Gonzaga, I wept openly in front of my grandchild. \u00a0The little girl who had no business watching the PPV, I told her father. \u00a0Be that as it may. Now that he\u2019s stuck around the sport for thirteen years, we\u2019ve all caught up and shared in the sidewinding career of the greatest Croatian fighter in the world. \u00a0So this photo no doubt affects us all, at some level, the same way. \u00a0We feel his joy, share in his sufferings, and admire the steady consistency of his impressive latissimus dorsi muscles, still quite impressive after all these mournful and celebratory years.