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Wanderlei Silva vs. Mirko Filipović II

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Mirko Filipović defeats Wanderlei Silva via KO/TKO at 5:26 of Round 1

Mmaweekly large Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović
Mmaweekly large "The Axe Murderer" Wanderlei Silva

Round 1

Mirko Filipović Wanderlei Silva

"Cro Cop" "The Axe Murderer"

19-4-2   Pro Record At Fight   31-5-1
Climbed to 20-4   Record After Fight   Fell to 31-6
-170 (Slight Favorite)   Betting Odds   +140 (Slight Underdog)
Hr Croatia (Hrvatska)   Nationality   Br Brazil
Zagreb, Croatia   Fighting out of   Las Vegas, Nevada
32 years   Age at Fight   30 years, 2 months
220.9 lbs (100.2 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   225.1 lbs (102.1 kgs)
6'2" (188cm)   Height   5'11" (181cm)
73.0" (185cm)   Reach   74.0" (188cm)
Cro Cop Squad Gym   Gym   Wand Fight Team
Pride Final Conflict Absolute
  • Bout Information
  • Event: Pride Final Conflict Absolute
  • Date: Sunday 09.10.2006
  • Referee: Yuji Shimada
  • Venue: Saitama Super Arena
  • Enclosure: Ring
  • Location: Saitama, Japan
  • Bout Billing: Main Card (fight 2 of 9)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight:
  • TV Commentary: Mauro Ranallo, Frank Trigg
  • Broadcast:
  • Post-Fight Interviewer:
  • Silva Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
  • Filipović Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
  • Tournament: Pride 2006 Openweight Grand Prix
  • Tournament Round: Semi-Finals
  • Event Links:

Silva vs. Filipović II Wiki Update Wiki

After a 2002 exhibition bout in which the rules were modified to prevent both ground fighting and a judge’s decision, the rematch between Wanderlei Silva and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic under standard Pride rules was one of the most highly anticipated matches in years. Unfortunately for Silva, the knockout loss he suffered from a patented Cro Cop left high kick initiated the worst losing streak of his career.

“For me, this is a very important fight,” Silva said in the pre-fight lead-ins. “A victory will make me even more famous. I don’t like Cro Cop at all, not at all. He has a bad attitude. I don’t know about the other fighters, but for me, hating him makes me more motivated to beat him.” “He is an excellent fighter,” Cro Cop said of Silva. “That’s all I can say. I don’t like him personally, but as a fighter, he is excellent.”

Pride commentator Frank Trigg: “If you’re Wanderlei, you do not want to keep this fight on the feet, you want to get to the ground and get on top.” Silva would have done well to heed Trigg’s advice, particularly as the fight was contested at heavyweight instead of Silva’s typical middleweight (205 lb.) class. But taking the fight to the ground is not in “The Axe Murderer’s” nature. From the opening bell the fight did not go Silva’s way. Silva was dropped first with a straight left hand from Filipovic that virtually shut one eye. After a lengthy doctor’s stoppage to check on him, Silva continued to absorb heavy punishment. When the end came, Wand was already bleeding from both eyes and from the head, and could barely see. One of Cro Cop’s blistering left head kicks at the 5:22 mark of the round polished him off. Silva slumped to the ground unconcious. It was a shocking sight to see for fans of the longtime champion, who had tasted defeat before, but never so viciously and emphatically. It was the first time Silva was put out cold.

In the most significant accomplishment of his professional career, Cro Cop went on to defeat Josh Barnett to win the 2006 Pride Openweight Grand Prix, solidifying his place in MMA history. For Silva, the loss began a stomach-churning losing streak in which he lost five of his next six bouts, three of which came by knockout.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:37 PM ET
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