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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: 39 | 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

Mirko Filipovic Wiki Update Wiki

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

Satoshi Ishii

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
Ref: Herb Dean

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

2013.11.08
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

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
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti

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
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
3:44 Round 3 of 3, 13:44 Total

Brendan Schaub
Ref: Herb Dean

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

2011.03.19
Odds: +205 Moderate Underdog | Weigh-In: 229.0 lbs
#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
Ref: Herb Dean

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

2010.09.25
Odds: +185 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 227.0 lbs
#38 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2010
Win | Submission | Choke
4:30 Round 3 of 3, 14:30 Total

Pat Barry
Ref: Yves Lavigne

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
#42 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
#40 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
Ref: Herb Dean

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

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

Junior Dos Santos
Ref: Dan Miragliotta

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

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

Mostapha Al Turk
Ref: Dan Miragliotta

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

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

Hong Man Choi

Fields Dynamite!! 2008
Main Card | Super Heavyweight

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

Alistair Overeem
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Dream 6: Middleweight GP 2008 Finals
Main Event | Heavyweight

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

Tatsuya Mizuno
Ref: Yuji Shimada

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

2008.03.15
Odds: -1600 Huge Favorite
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Cheick Kongo
Ref: John McCarthy

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

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

Gabriel Gonzaga
Ref: Herb Dean

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
#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
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti

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
Win | Submission | Strikes
5:32 Round 1 of 2

Josh Barnett
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride Final Conflict Absolute
Main Event | Tournament Finals

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

Wanderlei Silva
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride Final Conflict Absolute
Main Card | Tournament Semifinal

2006.09.10
Odds: -170 Slight Favorite | Weigh-In: 220.9 lbs
#60 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
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride Critical Countdown Absolute
Main Event | Tournament Quarterfinal

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

Ikuhisa Minowa
Ref: Minoru Toyonaga

Pride Total Elimination Absolute
Main Card | Tournament Round of 16

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

Mark Hunt
Ref: Daisuke Noguchi

Pride Shockwave 2005
Main Card | Heavyweight

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

Josh Barnett
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride 30: Fully Loaded
Main Event | Heavyweight

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

Fedor Emelianenko
Ref: Yuji Shimada

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

2005.08.28
Odds: +170 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 225.0 lbs
#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
Ref: Daisuke Noguchi

Pride Critical Countdown 2005
Main Card | Heavyweight

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

Mark Coleman
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride 29: Fists of Fire
Main Event | Heavyweight

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

Kevin Randleman
Ref: Minoru Toyonaga

Pride Shockwave 2004
Main Card | Heavyweight

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

Josh Barnett

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
Ref: Daisuke Noguchi

Pride Final Conflict 2004
Main Card | Heavyweight

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

Shungo Oyama

Pride Bushido 4
Main Card | Heavyweight

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

Hiromitsu Kanehara

Pride Bushido 3
Main Card | Heavyweight

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

Kevin Randleman
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride Total Elimination 2004
Main Card | Tournament Round of 16

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

Yoshihisa Yamamoto
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride Bushido 2
Main Card | Heavyweight

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

Ron Waterman
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride 27: Inferno
Main Event | Heavyweight

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

Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride Final Conflict 2003
Main Card | Interim Title | Heavyweight

2003.11.09
Odds: -280 Moderate Favorite Upset Defeat
#63 Greatest Fight of All Time
#13 Greatest Submission of All Time
#64 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.

Pride Bushido 1
Main Event | Heavyweight

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

Igor Vovchanchyn

Pride Total Elimination 2003
Main Card | Heavyweight

2003.08.10
Odds: -300 Moderate Favorite
#17 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

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

Pride Shockwave
Main Event | Heavyweight

2002.08.28
Draw | Decision
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Wanderlei Silva
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride 20: Armed and Ready
Main Event | Heavyweight

2002.04.28
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Yuji Nagata

Inoki Genome Federation

2001.12.31
Draw | Decision
5 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Nobuhiko Takada

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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    Highlight  |  "Mirko 'CroCop' Filipovic Legendary Highlights" Video by KingAtRock report dead link

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