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Fedor Emelianenko vs. Mirko Filipović

Co-Main Event | Pride FC Heavyweight Championship

Fedor Emelianenko defeats Mirko Filipović via 3 Round Decision

Mmaweekly large "The Last Emperor" Fedor Emelianenko
Mmaweekly large Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović

Round 3

Fedor Emelianenko Mirko Filipović

"The Last Emperor" "Cro Cop"

22-1-0   Pro Record At Fight   16-2-2
Climbed to 23-1   Record After Fight   Fell to 16-3
-210 (Moderate Favorite)   Betting Odds   +170 (Slight Underdog)
Champion   Title   Challenger
Ru Russia   Nationality   Hr Croatia (Hrvatska)
Stary Oskol, Belgorod, Russia   Fighting out of   Zagreb, Croatia
28 years, 11 months   Age at Fight   30 years, 11 months, 2 weeks, 4 days
233.0 lbs (105.7 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   225.0 lbs (102.1 kgs)
6'0" (183cm)   Height   6'2" (188cm)
74.5" (189cm)   Reach   73.0" (185cm)
Alexander Nevsky (Stary Oskol)   Gym   Cro Cop Squad Gym
Pride Final Conflict 2005
  • Bout Information
  • Event: Pride Final Conflict 2005
  • Date: Sunday 08.28.2005
  • Referee: Yuji Shimada
  • Venue: Saitama Super Arena
  • Enclosure: Ring
  • Location: Saitama, Japan
  • Bout Billing: Co-Main Event (fight 6 of 7)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight:
  • TV Commentary: Mauro Ranallo, Bas Rutten
  • Broadcast:
  • Post-Fight Interviewer:
  • Emelianenko Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
  • Filipović Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
  • Title on Line: Pride FC Heavyweight Championship
  • Belt Status Before Fight: Held by Emelianenko
  • Event Links:

Emelianenko vs. Filipović Wiki Update Wiki

Since debuting for the Pride Fighting Championships in 2002, Russian heavyweight phenomenon Fedor Emelianenko had gone unbeaten for the next three years, defeating some of the greatest heavyweights in the world while the fans wondered how he could be beaten. Finally, in 2005, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic took on the challenge, and many believed he would be the man to dethrone the champion. It was not to be, as Fedor implemented a brilliant and courageous gameplan that notched him a decision. Their spectacular heavyweight bout in front of a packed stadium at Pride Final Conflict 2005 was one of the high water marks of the Pride organization.

“The most anticipated MMA bout of all time is going down tonight when undefeated Pride Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko finally defends his title against Mirko Cro Cop,” Mauro Ranallo said before the fight. “A successful title defense would further cement Fedor’s position as one of the best combatants to ever compete in mixed martial arts.” “Tonight, Final Conflict 2005 marks the 50th Pride event,” Ranallo said during Emelianenko’s walk-in. “You don’t need to gloss it over. This fight is the most anticipated fight in mixed martial arts history.”

When the bell sounded, many were unsure how Emelianenko intended to counter the Croatian’s K-1 level striking. Emelianenko’s gameplan was to take Filipovic’s strength head-on, by pressing the action and forcing Cro Cop to back up. By stalking Cro Cop instead of allowing Cro Cop to stalk him, Emelianenko brilliantly disrupted the Croatian’s timing. To be sure, Cro Cop landed several hard shots, and even bloodied Emelianenko’s nose in the first round, but the Russian champion’s gambit on the feet was paying dividends. Emelianenko also got things to the ground, where he worked a heavy ground and pound assault that left Cro Cop visibly tired at the close of the round. Ranallo: “He [Filipovic] seems to have avoided the full brunt of Emelianenko’s attack.” After winning the majority of the standing exchanges to start off the second round, Emelianenko took te fight to the ground again, where he continued to tire out the fading Croation from inside the guard. Ranallo: “Just when you think Cro Cop sees that ray of sunshine, Emelianenko comes back with that dark cloud in the form of his counter punching.” Rutten: “Yup, and he’s closing the distance non stop.” In the third, the story remained all Emelianenko, as he took Cro Cop down and punished him with ground and pound, winning the standing exchanges when the action resumed on the feet. It was an exciting and dramatic fight, but when the final bell sounded the result was not in doubt. Emelianenko had triumphed in the biggest test of his career.

Already considered the best heavyweight fighter on the planet, Fedor Emelianenko’s win over Mirko Filipovic established him in the eyes of many fans as the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet. “The Last Emperor” would fight another five years before tasting his first defeat.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:18 PM ET
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