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Mirko Filipovic

Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic

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  • Given Name: Mirko Filipović
  • Professional MMA Record: 29-11-2, 1 NC (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Cro Cop
  • Current Streak: 1 Win
  • Age: 40 | Date of Birth: 1974.09.10
  • Last Fight: August 23, 2014 in IGF
  • Weight Class: Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 229.3 lbs
  • Affiliation: Cro Cop Squad Gym
  • Height: 6'2" (188cm) | Reach: 73.0" (185cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $1,010,000 USD
  • Born: Vinkovci, Croatia
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Zagreb, Croatia
  • Personal Pages: Facebook  |  Official Site

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Primarily known for his string of head kick knockout victories over highly regarded heavyweight fighters in Japan’s Pride Fighting Championships, former Croatian police anti-terrorist commando Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic began his professional martial arts career in the kickboxing ring, winning notable K-1 fights against Jerome Le Banner, Mike Bernardo, Peter Aerts, and Remy Bonjasky, among others, before transitioning to the world of mixed martial arts in 2001.


From 2001-2003, Filipovic became one of the most feared MMA fighters on the planet, assembling in two short years a career’s worth of gruesome knockout victories over the likes of Pride FC stars Kazuyuki Fujita, Kazushi Sakuraba, Heath Herring, and Igor Vovchanchyn. Filipovic, who famously quipped “right leg, hospital; left leg, cemetery,” was capable of ending a fight at any moment with a well-placed kick to either the head or to the body. At his peak, Cro Cop’s icy, impassive demeanor could visibly rattle opponents as he calmly stalked them around the Pride ring.


Crocop’s aura of invincibility began to crack, however, when he was shockingly submitted in the second round by Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira in a fight Filipovic was dominating at Pride Final Conflict 2003. While he would go on to lose other notable fights to Kevin Randleman in a huge upset during the 2004 PRIDE Heavyweight Grand Prix, Fedor Emelianenko in a decision, and Mark Hunt while competing for PRIDE, Filipovic would remain one of the biggest stars in the promotion, often sensationally defeating top opponents like Aleksander Emelianenko, Josh Barnett (three times), Kevin Randleman, Mark Coleman, Hidehiko Yoshida, and Wanderlei Silva before the collapse of PRIDE FC in 2007.


During his stay at PRIDE Fighting Championships, Mirko "Cro Cop" in 2006 defeated such big names as Ikuhisa Minowa, Hidehiko Yoshida, Wanderlei Silva (alternate for injured Fedor Emelianenko) and Josh Barnett to gain him the prize of the 2006 PRIDE FC Open-Weight Grand Prix Champion. It is an event that Mirko states as one of the happiest moments of his life by winning the Grand Prix on his 32nd Birthday.


Since moving to the UFC in 2007, Filipovic has met with mixed results, including an all-time highlight reel knockout loss at the hands of Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga. Nevertheless, fans still recall Cro Cop’s halcyon days in Pride, punctuated by his triumph in the Pride 2006 Open Weight Grand Prix, as the stuff of legend. Following a pair of devastating knockout losses to Frank Mir and Brendan Schaub in 2010-11, UFC President Dana White announced that fans had likely seen the last of the Croatian legend in the UFC.


But later in 2011 Dana felt it necessary to give Mirko one last fight stating that "He deserves it", so in October of 2011 Mirko walked into the octagon once more to take on former IFL Champion and TUF winner Roy "Big Country" Nelson. In a very entertaining fight Mirko showed his past former self that many have seen in his PRIDE days, but the very durable Nelson used his tough chin and defeated "Cro Cop" in round 3 in their very competitive contest. After his defeat Mirko thanked his fans for their loyal support and stated that he is retired from the sport of MMA.


Mirko Filipovic is still retired to this day from MMA, but his competitive spirit still shines as he still participates in a sport that brought him into the competitive spot light. That sport is K-1 Kickboxing, were he made his K-1 comeback against the likes of K-1 Legend Ray Sefo were he earned the unanimous decision victory. He is still competing to this day in K-1 and showing no times of stopping his passion for fighting.


After over 1 year of an MMA hiatus, Mirko accepted a fight under the Japanese Promotion Company of Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye or IGF. He faced popular sumo wrestler  Shinichi Suzukawa in his pro MMA debut in a traditional Japanese MMA New Years Event. As the main MMA event in a generally mixed rule card where Mirko took on his opponent and defeated him in non traditional fashion by Mirko winning by an armlock in the very first round. Which makes it Filipovic's  3rd official submission via choke or armlock. It is unknown if Filipovic will continue his passion of MMA, or continue his K-1 Kickboxing roots at this time.

Last updated 01.11.2013, 1:50 PM ET
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Mirko Filipovic Heavyweight Ranking History

Mirko Filipovic MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Rumored Upcoming Bout

Satoshi Ishii
29-11-2 12-3-1

Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2014
Main Card | Title Defense | Open Weight

2014.12.31
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
2:37 Round 2 of 3, 7:37 Total

Satoshi Ishii
28-11-2 12-2-1

IGF 2
Main Event | Title Challenge | Open Weight

2014.08.23
Weigh-In: 229.281 lbs
Loss | Submission | Head
4:42 Round 1 of 3

Oleksiy Oliynyk
28-10-2 47-9-1

Legend Part 2: Invasion
Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2013.11.08
Referee: Herb Dean
Cancelled Bout Aleksander Emelianenko Legend Part 2 2013.11.08
Reason: Emelianenko Legal Issues
Win | Submission | Armlock
1:18 Round 1 of 3

Shinichi Suzukawa
27-10-2 0-0-0

Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2012
Main Event | Heavyweight | 120 kg

2012.12.31
Weigh-In: 237.438 lbs
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
1:30 Round 3 of 3, 11:30 Total

Roy Nelson
27-9-2 15-6-0

UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2011.10.29
Odds: +195 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $75,000 Base | Weigh-In: 235.0 lbs | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
3:44 Round 3 of 3, 13:44 Total

Brendan Schaub
27-8-2 7-1-0

UFC 128: Shogun vs Jones
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2011.03.19
Odds: +205 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 229.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
#23 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2011
UFC 128 Knockout of the Night
Loss | KO/TKO | Knee
4:02 Round 3 of 3, 14:02 Total

Frank Mir
27-7-2 13-5-0

UFC 119: Mir vs Cro Cop
Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2010.09.25
Odds: +185 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 227.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean | Walkout Music: Duran Duran - The Wild Boys
#38 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2010
Win | Submission | Choke
4:30 Round 3 of 3, 14:30 Total

Pat Barry
26-7-2 5-1-0

UFC 115: Liddell vs Franklin
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2010.06.12
Odds: +150 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $235,000 ($75K Base, $75K Bonus, $85K Sub/Night) | Weigh-In: 235.0 lbs | Referee: Yves Lavigne | Walkout Music: Duran Duran - The Wild Boys
#42 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
#41 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2010
UFC 115 Submission of the Night
Cancelled Bout Ben Rothwell UFC 110 2010.02.20
Reason: Rothwell Illness
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
5:00 Round 2 of 3, 10:00 Total

Anthony Perosh
25-7-2 10-5-0

UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2010.02.20
Odds: -575 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 233.2 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
Loss | Submission | Punch
2:00 Round 3 of 3, 12:00 Total

Junior Dos Santos
25-6-2 8-1-0

UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2009.09.19
Odds: +145 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 226.0 lbs | Referee: Dan Miragliotta | Walkout Music: Duran Duran - The Wild Boys
#25 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:06 Round 1 of 3

Mostapha Al Turk
24-6-2 6-4-0

UFC 99: The Comeback
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2009.06.13
Odds: -409 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 233.0 lbs | Referee: Dan Miragliotta | Walkout Music: Duran Duran - The Wild Boys
Win | KO/TKO | Kick
6:32 Round 1 of 2

Hong Man Choi
23-6-2 1-1-0

Fields Dynamite!! 2008
Main Card | Super Heavyweight

2008.12.31
No Contest | Foul
6:09 Round 1 of 2

Alistair Overeem
23-6-2 28-11-0

Dream 6: Middleweight GP 2008 Finals
Main Event | Heavyweight

2008.09.23
Odds: -218 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 225.9 lbs | Referee: Yuji Shimada
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:56 Round 1 of 2

Tatsuya Mizuno
22-6-2 4-2-0

Dream 1: Lightweight GP 2008 First Round
Main Card | Heavyweight

2008.03.15
Odds: -1600 (Huge Favorite) | Referee: Yuji Shimada
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Cheick Kongo
22-5-2 10-3-1

UFC 75: Champion vs Champion
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2007.09.08
Odds: -380 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 220.0 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
Loss | KO/TKO | Kick
4:51 Round 1 of 3

Gabriel Gonzaga
22-4-2 7-1-0

UFC 70: Nations Collide
Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2007.04.21
Odds: -500 (Heavy Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $350,000 Base | Weigh-In: 225.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
#5 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#3 Biggest Upset of All Time
UFC 70 Knockout of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:33 Round 1 of 3

Eddie Sanchez
21-4-2 6-0-0

UFC 67: All or Nothing
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2007.02.03
Odds: -1400 (Huge Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $350,000 Base | Weigh-In: 223.0 lbs | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | Submission | Strikes
5:32 Round 1 of 2

Josh Barnett
19-4-2 21-3-0

Pride Final Conflict Absolute
Main Event | Tournament Finals

2006.09.10
Weigh-In: 220.9 lbs | Referee: Yuji Shimada
Win | KO/TKO | Kick
5:26 Round 1 of 2

Wanderlei Silva
19-4-2 31-5-1

Pride Final Conflict Absolute
Main Card | Tournament Semifinal

2006.09.10
Odds: -170 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 220.9 lbs | Referee: Yuji Shimada
#61 Greatest Fight of All Time
#23 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#14 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Kicks
7:38 Round 1 of 2

Hidehiko Yoshida
18-4-2 7-3-1

Pride Critical Countdown Absolute
Main Event | Tournament Quarterfinal

2006.07.01
Odds: -255 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 221.0 lbs | Referee: Yuji Shimada
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:10 Round 1 of 2

Ikuhisa Minowa
17-4-2 33-23-8

Pride Total Elimination Absolute
Main Card | Tournament Round of 16

2006.05.05
Odds: -600 (Huge Favorite) | Weigh-In: 220.0 lbs | Referee: Minoru Toyonaga
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Mark Hunt
17-3-2 2-1-0

Pride Shockwave 2005
Main Card | Heavyweight

2005.12.31
Odds: -220 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 215.0 lbs | Referee: Daisuke Noguchi
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Josh Barnett
16-3-2 18-2-0

Pride 30: Fully Loaded
Main Event | Heavyweight

2005.10.23
Weigh-In: 215.0 lbs | Referee: Yuji Shimada
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Fedor Emelianenko
16-2-2 22-1-0

Pride Final Conflict 2005
Co-Main Event | Title Challenge | Heavyweight

2005.08.28
Odds: +170 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 225.0 lbs | Referee: Yuji Shimada
#8 Greatest Fight of All Time
#1 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Kick
3:53 Round 1 of 3

Ibragim Magomedov
15-2-2 13-2-0

Pride Critical Countdown 2005
Main Card | Heavyweight

2005.06.26
Weigh-In: 225.0 lbs | Referee: Daisuke Noguchi
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:40 Round 1 of 3

Mark Coleman
14-2-2 13-6-0

Pride 29: Fists of Fire
Main Event | Heavyweight

2005.02.20
Referee: Yuji Shimada
Win | Submission | Choke
0:41 Round 1 of 3

Kevin Randleman
13-2-2 15-9-0

Pride Shockwave 2004
Main Card | Heavyweight

2004.12.31
Odds: -380 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 228.0 lbs | Referee: Minoru Toyonaga
Win | Submission | Injury
0:46 Round 1 of 3

Josh Barnett
12-2-2 18-1-0

Pride 28: High Octane
Main Card | Heavyweight

2004.10.31
Odds: -125 (Slight Favorite)
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
2:09 Round 1 of 3

Aleksander Emelianenko
11-2-2 3-0-0

Pride Final Conflict 2004
Main Card | Heavyweight

2004.08.15
Referee: Daisuke Noguchi
#21 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:00 Round 1 of 2

Shungo Oyama
10-2-2 2-5-0

Pride Bushido 4
Main Card | Heavyweight

2004.07.19
Win | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Hiromitsu Kanehara
9-2-2 15-10-1

Pride Bushido 3
Main Card | Heavyweight

2004.05.23
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
1:57 Round 1 of 2

Kevin Randleman
9-1-2 14-7-0

Pride Total Elimination 2004
Main Card | Tournament Round of 16

2004.04.25
Weigh-In: 228.0 lbs | Referee: Yuji Shimada
#62 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#13 Biggest Upset of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:12 Round 1 of 2

Yoshihisa Yamamoto
8-1-2 15-16-1

Pride Bushido 2
Main Card | Heavyweight

2004.02.15
Referee: Yuji Shimada
Win | KO/TKO | Kicks
4:37 Round 1 of 3

Ron Waterman
7-1-2 10-1-2

Pride 27: Inferno
Main Event | Heavyweight

2004.02.01
Referee: Yuji Shimada
Loss | Submission | Armlock
1:45 Round 2 of 3, 11:45 Total

Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
7-0-2 20-2-1

Pride Final Conflict 2003
Main Card | Interim Title | Heavyweight

2003.11.09
Odds: -280 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Referee: Yuji Shimada
#65 Greatest Fight of All Time
#13 Greatest Submission of All Time
#63 Biggest Upset of All Time
#9 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
#12 Greatest Comeback of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Kick
0:46 Round 1 of 2

Dos Caras Jr.
6-0-2 3-2-0

Pride Bushido 1
Main Event | Heavyweight

2003.10.05
Win | KO/TKO | Kick
1:29 Round 1 of 3

Igor Vovchanchyn
5-0-2 48-7-1

Pride Total Elimination 2003
Main Card | Heavyweight

2003.08.10
Odds: -300 (Moderate Favorite)
#18 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#19 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
3:17 Round 1 of 3

Heath Herring
4-0-2 20-8-0

Pride 26: Bad to the Bone
Main Card | Heavyweight

2003.06.08
Odds: -168 (Slight Favorite)
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Kazuyuki Fujita

Inoki Genome Federation

2002.12.31
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
5:00 Round 2 of 3, 15:00 Total

Kazushi Sakuraba
2-0-2 13-4-1

Pride Shockwave
Main Event | Heavyweight

2002.08.28
Draw | Decision
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Wanderlei Silva
2-0-1 19-3-0

Pride 20: Armed and Ready
Main Event | Heavyweight

2002.04.28
Referee: Yuji Shimada
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Yuji Nagata

Inoki Genome Federation

2001.12.31
Draw | Decision
5 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Nobuhiko Takada
1-0-0 2-5-0

Pride 17: Championship Chaos
Main Card | Heavyweight

2001.11.03
Win | KO/TKO | Injury

Kazuyuki Fujita

K-1

2001.08.19

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