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Monday, 28 May 2012

Cro Cop Returns To K-1 Ring

I posted not that long ago about the retirement fight of Cro Cop. (You can see that one HERE).  However, it seems just when you thought Mirko Filipović was retired and  is never to be heard from again, he surprises again.  Perhaps the non-fighting world got just a bit too boring for him. (Maybe his wife and kids were driving him up the wall, all that shopping, chores, who knows). Regardless, Cro Cop decided to step back into the squared circle again, albeit in a discipline he hasn't competed or taken part of in 9 years. He stepped into the ring in Madrid against Loren Javier Jorge of Spain at K-1 Rising 2012 ~ K-1 World MAX Final 16. He won by knockout in the second round and now advances to the next round of the Grand Prix. Full video of the fight below.

Mirko Cro Cop Earns KO Win at K-1 Rising 2012



Mixed martial arts legend Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic continued his kickboxing resurgence on Sunday afternoon, flattening Loren Javier Jorge with a left uppercut midway through the pair's heavyweight superfight at K-1 Rising 2012 in Madrid, Spain.

Filipovic, 37, competing in kickboxing for the second time since retiring from MMA following a UFC 137 loss to Roy Nelson, appeared loose and comfortable opening the action early on his feet, even tossing out a few of his trademark left high kicks to the crowd's delight. The veteran picked up his pressure in the second-round, diversifying his striking from tight inside the pocket and finding a home for his hard left uppercut, before flooring Jorge with the same strike.

Jorge staggered back to his feet, but with thirty seconds to go Cro Cop charged forward unloading a furious salvo, dropping Jorge for good with a left straight, right straight, and one final left uppercut. For old-school fight fans, it was a semi-vintage performance from Filipovic, who earned his first knockout victory -- kickboxing or MMA -- since 2010.

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