Jump to

Mirko Cro Cop

38Wins11Losses2Draws1No Contest

Photo from KRK.TV via youtube.com
Win Rate
73 %
Finish Rate
89 %
Decision Win %
57 %

Mirko Cro Cop

Age
47
Height
6' 2 (188 cm)
Reach
73 in. (6' 1/185 cm)
Ape-Index
0.984
Nationality
Biography
Filipović was born on 10 September 1974 in Vinkovci in eastern Croatia, then part of the Socialist Federal Republic Yugoslavia. After seeing Jean-Claude Van Damme's performance in the film Bloodsport, he began training in his parents' garage with his father's boxing equipment and weights. His father, who worked as an electrician for a railway company, fashioned his son a crude but effective punching bag filled with sand and cotton, and would bring home track scraps for Mirko to use for weight training. Cro Cop began formal training in taekwondo at the age of 7 and later studied karate. Filipović's father died in 1994 when Mirko was 19 years old and after Cro Cop had joined the Croatian Army as a radio telegraphist the year before.
Combat Approach
A pure sprawl and brawl fighter, Cro Cop focused his game on his kickboxing acumen and skill to avoid being taken to the ground. Despite the relative predictability of his technique, Cro Cop was able to hit it consistently by speed and timing, gaining 28 KO/TKO wins in his career, of which four were by head kick alone. On the other hand, his defense featured a signature left sidestep used to avoid his adversary's lunges and a solid ability to sprawl, having stopped takedowns from Olympian caliber wrestlers such as Mark Coleman, Olympic judoka champions like Hidehiko Yoshida, wrestling champions like Kazuyuki Fujita or veteran wrestlers like Heath Herring and judoka and sambist Aleksander Emelianenko.
Fighter Trivia
Cro Cop starred in the 2005 action film Ultimate Force as Axon Rey. Cro Cop was elected to the Croatian Parliament, where he served one term from 23 December 2003 to 11 January 2008. He was elected on a list for Social Democratic Party of Croatia from I electoral district.

Awards & Accolades

  • K-1: K-1 World Grand Prix 2012 Final Champion
  • K-1: K-1 World Grand Prix 2000 in Fukuoka Runner-up
  • K-1: K-1 Braves '99 3rd Place
  • K-1: K-1 World Grand Prix 1999 Runner-up
  • K-1: Prague Kickboxing 8-man tournament 1997 Champion
  • International Kick-Boxing Federation: I.K.B.F. World Heavyweight Full Contact Champion
  • Rizin Fighting Federation: 2016 Rizin World Openweight Grand Prix Champion
  • Rizin Fighting Federation: Undefeated in 'Rizin Fighting Federation' competition (6–0)
  • Inoki Genome Federation: IGF Championship (One time)
  • Inoki Genome Federation: One successful title defense
  • Inoki Genome Federation: Undefeated in 'IGF' competition (5–0)
  • Pride Fighting Championships: 2006 Pride World Open-Weight Grand Prix Champion
  • Pride Fighting Championships: Tied (Wanderlei Silva) for most finishes in Pride history (16)
  • Pride Fighting Championships: Most first round finishes in Pride history (15)
  • Pride Fighting Championships: Most wins through kicks in Pride history (8)
  • Pride Fighting Championships: Most head kicks knockouts in Pride history (4)
  • Pride Fighting Championships: Second most knockouts in Pride history (14)
  • Pride Fighting Championships: Tied (Igor Vovchanchyn and Kazushi Sakuraba) for second most wins in Pride history (18)
  • Pride Fighting Championships: Fourth most fights in Pride history (24)
  • Pride Fighting Championships: Only fighter consecutively defeated three former UFC Heavyweight Champions in Pride history (Josh Barnett, Kevin Randleman, Mark Coleman)
  • UFC: Most finishes in Zuffa, LLC (UFC, Pride, WEC, Strikeforce) history (21)
  • UFC: Most first round finishes in Zuffa, LLC (UFC, Pride, WEC, Strikeforce) history (17)
  • UFC: Most wins through kicks in Zuffa, LLC (UFC, Pride, WEC, Strikeforce) history (8)
  • UFC: Most head kicks knockouts in Zuffa, LLC (UFC, Pride, WEC, Strikeforce) history (4)
  • UFC: Second most knockouts in Zuffa, LLC (UFC, Pride, WEC, Strikeforce) history (18)
  • UFC: Second most knockdowns landed in Zuffa, LLC (UFC, Pride, WEC, Strikeforce) history (19)
  • UFC: Fight of the Night (One time) vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
  • UFC: Submission of the Night (One time) vs. Pat Barry
  • UFC: 78% takedown defense (4th among active UFC heavyweight division)
  • MMAFighting: 2003 Fight of the Year vs. Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira on November 9
  • MMAFighting: 2005 Fight of the Year vs. Fedor Emelianenko on August 28
  • MMAFighting: 2006 Knockout of the Year vs. Wanderlei Silva on September 10
  • MMAFighting: 2006 Heavyweight Fighter of the Year
  • Black Belt Magazine: 2003 Full-Contact Fighter of the Year
  • Fight Matrix: 2003 Knockout of the Year vs. Igor Vovchanchyn on 10 August
  • Fight Matrix: 2005 Fight of the Year vs. Fedor Emelianenko on 28 August
  • Fight Matrix: 2005 Most Noteworthy Match of the Year vs. Fedor Emelianenko on 28 August
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter: 2006 Most Outstanding Fighter
  • Sherdog: 2006 Knockout of the Year vs. Wanderlei Silva on September 10
  • Sherdog: Mixed Martial Arts Hall of Fame
  • Sports Illustrated: 2000's Fight of the Decade vs. Fedor Emelianenko on August 28
  • Yahoo! Sports: 2000's Fight of the Decade vs. Fedor Emelianenko on 28 August
  • Bleacher Report: 2000s Striker of the Decade
  • International Military Sports Council: 1998 CISM World Military Championships Silver Medalist
  • Czech Amateur Boxing Association: 1998 Usti Grand Prix Bronze Medalist
  • International Committee for the Mediterranean Games: 1997 Mediterranean Games Bronze Medalist
  • Hellenic Boxing Federation: 1997 Acropolis Cup Silver Medalist

Twitter Timeline

Fighter Videos

Full Fight | ミルコ・クロコップ vs. キング・モー / Mirko Cro Cop vs. King Mo - 12/29/2016

 

Fight Outcomes - WinsLosses
Skills RadarWhat's This?
Fightpages Web - Notable OpponentsWhat's This?
Expand to full graph


ResultRes. RecordRec. Opponent Odds+/- Result Method Result Detail Round Last Round Time Opponent Birthplace Fight Date Video Link Opponent Ranking Event Name Last 10 fights Judge 1 Name Judge 1 Scores Judge 2 Name Judge 2 Scores Judge 3 Name Judge 3 Scores

Share page via:
Sponsored Content
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases

Copy link
Powered by Social Snap