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Rauno 12-31-2012 09:24 AM

Cro Cop's latest MMA fight (spoiler)
Mirko Cro Cop earns quick submission win in return to MMA

Fourteen months after he said he'd fought in mixed martial arts for the last time, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic stepped back into the sport on New Year's Eve in Japan, and gave his fans a more positive memory to remember him by.

Facing Shinichi Suzukawa in the IGF Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2012 show, Cro Cop needed just 78 seconds to author a submission victory.

The fight began with an early eye poke from Suzukawa, but once the action resumed, Cro Cop moved aggressively forward with strikes and tripped his opponent to the ground, where he quickly moved to full mount before easing into a fight-finishing arm bar.

Afterward, Cro Cop gave no indication of whether or not he would fight again, though he has been linked to a bout with Pedro Rizzo in February.

It was a typical matchup for a Japanese New Year's Eve event, with the decorated veteran facing an opponent making his MMA debut. Suzukawa was formerly a sumo wrestler who left that sport in 2009 and has since performed as a professional wrestler.

Cro Cop had last fought at UFC 137 in October 2011, when he suffered his third straight knockout loss in the octagon, this time at the hands of Roy Nelson. Once one of the world's top heavyweights, Cro Cop could muster only a 4-6 record during his time in the UFC.

Cro Cop has since fought in kickboxing three times, going a perfect 3-0.

In another match on the card featuring another former UFC notable, ex-heavyweight champ Tim Sylvia lost a unanimous decision to Satoshi Ishii.

Glad for him, doesn't have to be on the highest level anymore but is still doing what he loves.

AlanS 12-31-2012 05:00 PM

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I'll always be a fan of Mirko, as Rauno said it's doing what he loves.

No_Mercy 12-31-2012 05:12 PM

Hey Rauno posted a video of his fight. We should merge the threads. :thumbsup:

kantowrestler 12-31-2012 08:17 PM

From what I understand Cro Cop likes fighting in Japan so this was kind of a homecoming for him. Fitting win against a sumo rikishi who got thrown out for drug possession. Also shows how far Sylvia has fallen.

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