"I’m not saying that I’ve ever been at the level of a Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ or any of these guys, but I used to fight. You get to a certain age where you remember what you used to be able to do, and you can see all the openings. You just can’t pull the trigger. I think that’s where he’s at…Junior Dos Santos is a young, hungry, explosive, nasty heavyweight, and Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ went three hard rounds with him. Listen, we all get older. I could see it…It happens to the best of us. It takes nothing away from who he is or what he’s accomplished. We just all get old…I don’t know [about his future]; I’ve got to talk to him. I’m pretty sure that he would say that to me right now, anyway. Mirko and I have always had a pretty good relationship. We’ll see what happens."
There's already a Mirko post-fight interviewwith Cro Cop where he sort of implies that this was his last fight. He actually says that he probably should have quit MMA after his PRIDE Open Weight Grand Prix win. Nevertheless, I was a fan and still am. However, White communicates the inevitable in regards to sports and athletic performance as humans age in the quote. I give Cro Cop credit for taking on someone like Dos Santos at this stage of his career. I mean he could have fought some cans or something elsewhere, but he choose to face his demons in the octagon for a second run with the organization after a subpar initial run. He got bullied in there against a larger opponent, but he did do some damage to Dos Santos. He also allowed us to see more of what Dos Santos brings to the game by pushing the fight into the third round. I tip my hat to him.