HOBOKEN, NJ (February 29, 2012) – FIGHT NOW TV TM – America’s only 24-hour combat sports and entertainment channel – announced today that it will air the final fight of mixed martial arts legendMirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic’s illustrious career to viewers across America on Saturday, March 10. “Cro Cop”is set to take on another kickboxing great, “Sugar” Ray Sefo, live from Filipovic’s native Croatia.
“We could not be more excited to bring this tremendous sporting event to American fans,” said Mike Garrow, GM and co-founder of FIGHT NOW TV. “Filipovic is one of the greatest MMA fighters of all-time and he is returning to his first love – kickboxing – for a last hurrah. ‘Cro Cop’ certainly could have chosen a much easier opponent than Sefo for his swan song, but this shows what a true warrior he is in terms of fighting a guy like Ray, who continues to be a top name on the world kickboxing scene.”
Filipovic (16-7, 11 KO), once famously describing his kicks as “right leg: hospital; left leg: cemetery”, remains a Croatian sports icon who has starred in the UFC, Pride, K-1 and Dream during his more than decade-long fight career. He holds kickboxing victories over such notable fighters as Mike Bernardo, Jerome Le Banner, Peter Aerts, Mark Hunt, Remy Bonasky, Misashi and Sam Greco.
New Zealand native Sefo (56-21- 1, 38 KO), fighting out of Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, rates as one of the premier and most recognizable kick-boxers in the world. A five-time Muay Thai world champion and eight-time K-1 World Grand Prix finalist, Sefo’s most prominent kickboxing victims also include Bernardo, Le Banner and Aerts, as well as Bob Sapp and Stephan Leko.
“Sugar” Ray Sefo
There will be nine other great kickboxing matchups on this once-in-a-lifetime card. Final Fight promises to be a first-class production every step of the way with Michael Buffer serving as ring announcer, actress Jane Park as event host, and former K-1 superstar Nobuaki Kakuda as referee for this exciting night of action.
Given the interest across the United States for this highly-anticipated event, FIGHT NOW TV will be offering fans three ways to catch all the kicks, punches and knockouts that Final Fight is sure to deliver:
- Cablevision subscribers can watch live on FIGHT NOW TV, channel 464 as part of their iO Sports & Entertainment Pak
- Satellite customers will be able to see the event on DIRECTV PPV, channel 123 HD or 124 SD.
- All others can catch this historic event on FIGHT NOW TV broadband PPV player powered by Ustream. Visit www.fightnow.com for details.
Also scheduled to fight on the Mar. 10 Final Fight card are:
Igor Jurkovic (29-3, 23 KO) vs. Freddy Kemayo (60-18, 43 KO)
Daniel Ghita (39-7, 29 KO) vs. 2011 SuperKombat WGP Final champion Sergei Laschenko (29-9, 12 KO)
Former Croatian Muay Thai Champion Mladen Brestovac (36-8, 25 KO) vs. Dutch heavyweight WFCA kickboxing winner Mourad Bouzidi (65-15, 32 KO)
Former WKA European titleholder Dzevad Poturak (47-16, 30 KO) vs. Ismail “Mr. Pain” Londt (27-3, 12 KO)
Mladen “Dynamite” Kujundzic (8-3, 5 KO) vs. TBA
2009 World Kickboxing champion Agron Preteni (56-10) vs. European kickboxing king Guy Pacome Assi (11-6, 5 KO)
Stefan Jelicv (6-1, 6 KO) vs. Michael Duut (15-5, 7 KO)
Former WKA European champ Ivan Posavec (19-4) vs. Miran “Rocky” Fabjan (34-5)
*All fights and fighters are subject to change.