Former UFC heavyweight Mirko Cro Cop has stumbled in his recent mixed martial arts bouts, with the latest loss coming by way of submission at the hands of little known Alexey Oleinik.
While many believe it’s time for Cro Cop to consider calling it a career, Cro Cop is poised to go back to his roots and he will do that by signing with top kickboxing promotion Glory, who has been airing events on Spike TV.
“Cro Cop” will return to kickboxing under the GLORY banner and is expected to make his in-ring debut in a headlining affair against an opponent to be named on March 8, 2014 in his hometown of Zagreb, Croatia.
After a brief hiatus, Filipovic, 39, got back into the stand-up game earlier this year, winning the K-1 2013 World Grand Prix Tournament by turning away Ismael Londt (details). The victory ended a quest that began as a runner-up in the prestigious tournament in 1999, where he lost to kickboxing legend Ernesto Hoost.
Cro Cop lost four of his last five mixed martial arts fights, with his final three bouts in the UFC ending on the wrong side of a knockout.
You would have to wonder about Cro Cop’s chin holding up against some of the top strikers in the world, after seeing how guys like Brendan Schaub, Roy Nelson and Frank Mir were able to handle him on the feet.
Hopefully Cro Cop can finish his career on a high note, because we will certainly be watching.