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MMA By The Numbers: Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic



Legendary heavyweight fighter Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic announced last night after his fight with Roy Nelson at UFC # 137 that he is retiring from the Ultimate Fighting Championship and mixed martial arts. The 37-year-old Vinkovci Croatia native ends his career as one of the most respected and successful heavyweight mixed martial arts fighters in the history of the sport. Filipovic’s M.M.A. career spanned over 10 years after first making his debut in 2001 after being trained by Ivan Hippolyte. Prior to joining mixed martial arts he also had a successful kickboxing career with K1 and worked for the Croatian government as an agent with their anti-terrorism unit.

Cro Cop spent the first 5 years of his mixed martial arts career competing in the Pride Fighting Championship in Japan. There he quickly became famous for his left leg head kick knockouts that he described as ‘right leg hospital, left leg cemetery’. He won the 2006 Pride Open Weight Grand Prix Tournament before joining the UFC in 2007. After competing in Dream in 2008 he returned to the UFC in 2009 and has been a regular for the past 2 years. Throughout his historic career he competed in 40 M.M.A. contests.

Below we look at the mixed martial arts career of Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic by the numbers…

Ultimate Fighting Championship:

* 10 Fights on UFC Pay-Per-View with a record of 4-6.

* 2 Main Event Fights on UFC Pay-Per-View.

Pride Fighting Championship:

* 24 Fights (4th Most All-Time) on Pride Pay-Per-View with a record of 18-4-2. (First Fight: Pride # 17 Vs Nobuhiko Takada Last Fight: Pride Final Conflict Absolute Vs Josh Barnett)

* 8 Main Event Fights (4th Most All-Time) on Pride Pay-Per-View. (First Main Event Fight: Pride # 20 Vs Wanderlai Silva Last Main Event Fight: PrideFinal Conflict Absolute Vs Josh Barnett)


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