THE GREAT CRO COP MYSTERY
By: Jack Slack, FIGHTLAND
"Stop for a moment and take stock of what is happening. Mirko 'Cro Cop' Filipovic is headlining a UFC event in 2015. If you had told me that in 2012, I'd have laughed in your face.
"Yet, here we are.
"Did Cro Cop go on a tear outside the UFC that you didn't hear about? Nope. He's 3-1 in his last four MMA bouts. Two of those wins are over the undersized Satoshi Ishii, and the loss came by way of scarf hold.
"What about kickboxing? You heard he was having success there? Well, he's been grinding his way through bouts—holding and hitting, clinching constantly—and some questionable hometown judging won him the 2012 K-1 Grand Prix. Most recently, Filipovic was put at the top of the bill for Glory 17, the free TV preliminary card which led into Glory World Series' first Pay-Per-View event.
"That pay-per-view contained an eight-man tournament and featured Artem Levin, Joe Schilling, Wayne Barrett and a host of other elite fighters. What I consider one of the best pay-per-views I have ever seen drew just 6,000 views."
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