Mirko Cro Cop Confirms Retirement Report
The legendary career of Mirko Cro Cop — real name Mirko Flipovic — has come to an end, as the MMA fighter has been forced to call it a career after a stroke.
Cro Cop’s retirement was first reported by IndexHR, and the MMA legend confirmed the reports in an announcement on his Instagram page.
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Cro Cop ends his career with a 10-fight win streak that spanned five years, with a final record of 38-11-2, 1 NC. He was most known for
Cro Cop, originally a kickboxer who made his professional MMA debut in 2001, first made his mark on the MMA world in PRIDE. He scored the 2003 Knockout of the Year at PRIDE: Total Elimination 2003, before having the Fight of the Year with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at PRIDE Final Conflict a few months later, coming up short in the interim heavyweight title bout.
After nine wins in his next 10 bouts, Cro Cop earned another heavyweight title shot, this time against Fedor Emelianenko at PRIDE Conflict 2005. In another Fight of the Year classic, Cro Cop was defeated by unanimous decision. Cro Cop, however, rebounded by later going through Ikuhisa Minowa, Hidehiko Yoshida, Wanderlei Silva and Josh Barnett to win the 2006 PRIDE Openweight Grand Prix.
Cro Cop went to the UFC after Zuffa purchased PRIDE, and he had a successful promotional debut at UFC 67, scoring a first-round TKO of Eddie Sanchez. A win in his next bout, at UFC 70, would have given him a heavyweight title fight with Randy Couture, but Cro Cop ended up getting knocked out by Gabriel Gonzaga in one of MMA’s most historic upsets. After a decision loss to Cheick Kongo at UFC 75, Cro Cop was gone from the UFC.
After three fights in DREAM and Dynamite, however, Cro Cop returned to the UFC and won three of his first four fights in his second stint with the promotion. However, Cro Cop soon left the UFC once more after three consecutive third-round KO/TKO losses to Frank Mir, Brendan Schaub and Roy Nelson.
Cro Cop then retired and returned to kickboxing before returning to MMA on New Year’s Eve 2012. He went 1-1 in his first two bouts out of retirement before defeating Satoshi Ishii to win the IGF Championship. He made one defense of the title in a rematch with Ishii before vacating it to return to the UFC, where in April 2015, he avenged his loss to Gonzaga.
After being provisionally suspended by USADA for an anti-doping violation, he returned to Japan, competing for Rizin, winning its 2016 Openweight Grand Prix. Cro Cop then ended his career with a win over Roque Martinez in RIZIN in September 2018 and a decision win over Nelson at Bellator 216.
Original Report: IndexHR