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Change you can believe in?

We’ve been mocking Mirko Crocop a lot lately for declaring he was turning his training on it’s head … by switching to the OTHER mixed martial arts coach in his hometown of Zagreb, Croatia. But finally here’s word that things really did change in preparation for his fight against Ben Rothwell in Australia on February 20th:

“Hyppolite was in Zagreb for one week and two weeks I was with him in Amsterdam. It took me all this time to realise that it is impossible to prepare properly without a real good camp and authoritative coach. That was the main fault in my career, I was too lazy to go away to a respected team. Now, I have Hyppolite destroying me on the pads and then I spar six minute rounds with three fresh opponents.

“The problem before was that I was sparring with friends who were doing me a favour by being there and so I could not go so hard on them, looking for the knockout. In Amsterdam, it was a struggle of life or death. I was looking for the knockout and so was my opponent. In future I will spending a full month in Amsterdam.

Who’d have imagined: a slave driver coach and professional camp is better than a subservient bitch coach and friends in your basement! Still, I’m very happy to hear Crocop has finally figured this out. I’m pretty much on the Mirko bandwagon until the wheels fall off … actually, the wheels pretty much fell off when he fought Junior Dos Santos. Let me rephrase: I’m on the Mirko bandwagon until it explodes in flames and there’s nothing left but cinders and a few charred bits of checkered tights. So any news that might delay that happening for a few more fights is good news indeed.