Mirko Crocop Pride FC The Best Fighters: ts hard to define Mirko Cro Cop Filipovics place in the history of mixed martial arts.
His proponents will point out that the Croatian striker was the only top-level kickboxer to successfully make the transition from K-1 to MMA. They will list his Pride Open-Weight Grand Prix title and remind you that Cro Cop was the top gaijin fighter in Japan in 2005 and 2006.
Mirko Filipovic bloodied Wanderlei Silva with precision strikes and eventually scored a knockout.
Despite the Grand Prix victory, Cro Cop still carries the stigma of being the sports eternal runner-up. At no point was Filipovic considered the undisputed No. 1 fighter in his weight class. And after losses to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Fedor Emelianenko, he was saddled with the status of third-best heavyweight of his generation. Naysayers also will object that Cro Cop benefited from many inexperienced opponents during his stint in Japan.
Still, no one can take away the fact that Filipovic gave Japanese fight fans an unbelievable amount of exciting and emotional moments. On the cusp of his fight against Mustapha al Turk on Saturday at UFC 99 in Cologne, Germany, Sherdog.com has compiled a list of Cro Cops three best moments and three worst moments during his nine-year MMA career.
- Release Date:
- February 12, 2010