Cro Cop Isn’t Done Fighting Just Yet

April 24, 2012
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Mirko Cro Cop FilipovicMirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic may have drawn the curtain on his mixed martial arts career, but he has yet to pull the plug on K-1 rules kickboxing.

“I told before this fight this was going to be my farewell fight,” said Cro Cop after losing to Roy Nelson at UFC 137 last October. “Unfortunately, I didn’t make it. I wanted to say goodbye with a victory, but Roy was just better tonight.”

He hasn’t fought under MMA rules since that night, but Cro Cop did return to the ring in March in Croatia, facing Ray Sefo in a K-1 rules kickboxing match. The fight was presumably going to be Cro Cop’s farewell from combat sports altogether, but he has apparently changed his mind.

K-1, newly regrouped under the company K-1 Global Holdings Limited, on Tuesday released a statement announcing its May 27 fight card for “K-1 Rising 2012” in Madrid, Spain. One name that immediately stands out is that of one Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic.

Cro Cop maintains a 17-7 record in kickboxing, but faces a formidable challenge in Loren Javier Jorge, who has a record of 68-9-4.

So Cro Cop may be done with MMA, but with the resurrected version of K-1, it appears the 37-year-old Croatian isn’t quite ready to hang up his gloves for good.


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  • mmachoman

    Mirko vs Fedor, please!

    • Lesnardo

      I don’t want to see that fight simply because it is meaningless. Crocop was once considered Fedor’s rival but even at his best, he was always one step behind.

      At the height of CroCop’s prime (the night he won the OWGP), CroCop decided to move to the UFC, get the belt within a year after beating the crap out of Tim Sylvia, Arlovski, and Randy Couture, and challenging Fedor for a super fight. But none of those things happened.

      I see Fedor destroying CroCop at this point even though Fedor is past-prime himself as well.

      Crocop should stop fighting guys that wouldn’t even have considered talking to at his prime. For example, at the height of his prime, did Crocop even know who Roy nelson was?

      • atmosphere

        Would you rather see Fedor continue to face fighters such as Jeff Monson and Ishii so that he can become the next Minowaman or Tim Sylvia?

        Fedor not being in the UFC means that his fights should be for entertainment and paydays rather than HW relevancy, and a fight against Cro Cop would be just that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Gruvalicious Josee Angel

    Cro-cop vs. Badr Hari???? hopefully!!!

  • Towers66

    Mirko should just hit sapp up again for an easy win/payday for a good exit move. Lol

    • Lesnardo

      seriously. Fighters other than tomato cans are serious threats to Crocop.

      Why fight people you wouldn’t even have even said what’s up to at your prime? Losing to Cheick Kongo, Roy Nelson, and Brenden Schaub sucks. Who would have thought in 2007 that Crocop would one day lose to those guys?

  • KungPow

    Wow are you guys idiots? It’s kickboxing, not MMA, so unless Fedor is joining K1 kickboxing don’t even mention it

  • KungPow

    The above comment is to the idiots who think he should fight fedor.