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Mirko Filipovic picks up NYE win in Japan, Tim Sylvia not so lucky

For the past year, legendary heavyweight striker Mirko Filipovic had been taking to the ring as a kickboxer as a means of continuing his love of combat sports without crossing back over into the MMA realm where he came up short in his last three tilts. However, “Cro Cop” changed things up for a Japanese crowd in honor of New Year’s Eve, returning to the sport he dominated as a member of the famed PRIDE promotion.

Filipovic’s fight came at IGF Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2012 against the massively overmatched sumo wrestler Shinichi Suzukawa who happened to be making his professional debut in the pairing. The 38-year old only needed 78 seconds to put his adversary away, taking him down early, advancing into mount, and ultimately securing an Armbar to force the tap.

Former UFC heavyweight champ Tim Sylvia also saw action at the event but wasn’t able to find the same success as his Croatian counterpart. Sylvia drew gold medalist judoka Satoshi Ishii and suffered a decision loss after failing to fend off the Olympian’s relentless grappling attack. The stumble dropped Sylvia’s record to 3-2 in his last five fights and essentially ended any hope he might have had of eventually re-joining the UFC roster.


  • AlphaOmega says:

    Good for Cro Cop, he may not be the same in MMA but I’m glad he’s finding a lot of success elsewhere fighting

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Good for Timmy. Checked in at 310 pounds for this one, put on another crapfest fight, and collected a paycheck. Happy New Year!

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Always count on the good folks of Japan to find cans for legends to kick around on NYE.

    Too bad noone told Timmy’s can he was supposed lose.


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