Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic is a heavyweight mixed martial artist hailing from Croatia. His fight name “Cro Cop” comes from his work as a commando in the Croatian police anti-terrorist unit.
Filipovic started his career as a fighter by competing in kickboxing. After fighting for many years in K-1 (a premier kickboxing organization in Japan) he made the transition into MMA and started fighting for Pride Fighting Championships.
The Croatian fighter made an immediate impact in Pride and soon became known as one of the most dangerous strikers in mixed martial arts.
Cro Cop makes use of what is known as the sprawl and brawl strategy. Meaning that when someone shoots in to take him down he sprawls (defends the takedown) and forces the fight to stay standing. By keeping the fight on the feet he is able to dominate with his exceptional striking skills.
Out of all the strikes in his arsenal, he is most well known for his left roundhouse kick. That kick has ended fights with some of the best fighters in both the kickboxing and MMA world. Some of the well known fighters that have fallen to that kick are Wanderlei Silva, Igor Vovchanchyn and Aleksander Emelianenko.
In addition to the victories mentioned above, Filipovic also has wins over Josh Barnett, Hidehiko Yoshida, Kevin Randleman, Heath Herring, Mark Coleman, Ron Waterman and Kazushi Sakuraba to name just a few.
Mirko Filipovic Highlight Video
Cro Cop vs Bob Sapp — K-1 Kickboxing Match
Mirko Filipovic vs Yoshihisa Yamamoto
Mirko Filipovic vs Mike Bernardo — K-1 Kickboxing Match