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“Cro Cop” retires on a winning note after outpointing Ray Sefo

Before Mirko Filipovic ever wowed PRIDE fans he did so in K-1 as a rising kickboxer notching victories over a number of the sport’s best including Remy Bojansky, Musashi, and Peter Aerts. Perhaps fittingly, “Cro Cop” returned to his roots this weekend for what was expected to be the final fight of his career, taking on another seasoned striker in the form of Ray Sefo with the added bonus of doing so in front of his fellow Croatians.

After going at it for three rounds, Filipovic sent the fans home happy by coming away with a decision victory where he not only looked relatively sharp but also ate a few shots without showing any signs of slowing down.

Filipovic made a name for himself in Japan with a series of high-profile wins including success against Wanderlei Silva, Kevin Randleman, and Josh Barnett. He then brought his talents to the UFC where age/ability caught up with him, being finished a number of times inside the Octagon despite wins in the infamous eight-sided cage over Pat Barry, Eddie Sanchez, and Anthony Perosh.

“Cro Cop” exits MMA with an overall record of 27-10-1 and a 17-7 mark in kickboxing.


  • hindsightufuk says:

    good to see he’s finally out. its horrible to see a legendary fighter not just losing but getting knocked out clean by guys he would have decimated at his peak (Mir, Schaub, Nelson, Kongo)
    sad to see younger fans [sic] completely dismiss Cro Cop because of performances in recent years and not understand his legacy.
    man Gonzaga really finished his career…

  • Lord Faust says:

    It’s true, Gonzaga took something from him in that fight. IMO, similar to Anderson Silva’s destruction of Franklin in their first fight, or Franklin’s decimation of David Loiseau.

  • Lord Faust says:

    None of those guys were the same after those losses.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Too late to save his status.

  • stone says:

    Still til this day, that Gonzaga KO over CroCop is still the illest KO in my book…

  • hindsightufuk says:

    the angle of his knee/ankle when he goes down still freaks me out

  • Rece Rock says:

    Wonder if this was really a retirement match or was it just to promote the fight? I feel like he will be in another K-1 rules fight before we know it.


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