Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic Retires following loss to Roy NelsonPosted on October 29, 2011, 09:44 PM by Joey Santosus
After more than a decade in the game, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic has officially retired from mixed martial arts.
Known primarily for his dominant run in the Japanese promotion PRIDE Fighting Championships, "Cro Cop" went on a 17-4-1 run with the organization before making the transition to the UFC octagon in 2007.
The man once famous for his quote, "Right-leg hospital, left-leg cemetary," would post a 5-5 mark under the UFC banner, taking wins over such Heavyweight as Pat Barry, Anthony Perosh, and Mostapha Al-Turk.
In his final outing tonight, Filipovic displayed a valiant effort in his TKO loss to Roy Nelson, nearly getting a stoppage victory in the second-round before being pinned down by his heavier opponent in the final 5-minutes of the match-up.
During his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, the Croatian Sensation confirmed what many had already expected, the fight was indeed his last. Though "Cro Cop" apologized for his less than stellar record with the UFC, the man who gave us so many exciting fights over the years, has nothing at all to be apologetic for.
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