“The deal with my coach was not to go in any hard exchanges until the third round because I thought I was not as prepared as him. But it turned out that I was more prepared than him. I felt more powerful than him in the third and I went after him aggressively. Too bad I caught that knee, but that’s what this sport is about. I want to thank everybody for their support and apologize to the ones I’ve disappointed.”

3rd round conversation during the clinch:

CroCop: Let me go, lets go to the center and fight
Mir: Let’s go to the mat
CroCop: OK – if I’m on top
Mir: We’ll stay in the clinch

Source: Nokaut

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