For mixed martial arts fans, the checkerboard pattern of Croatia is commonly associated with one man: the legendary Mirko Cro Cop. While he may be the most commonly known Croatian fighter, the small nation of just over four billion has a rich tradition in producing fighters that have reached the top level of their craft. From the storied kickboxers Stefan Leko and Branko Cikatic to former UFC fighters Igor Pokrajac and Goran Reljic, it’s easy to see the deep roots of Croatian mixed martial arts. But the man who dons the checkerboard shorts today in the octagon is not one from Croatia, rather, he hails from Cleveland, Ohio.
The UFC 161 PPV event took place on Saturday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, for the very first time. The main event saw former UFC light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans outwork former Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson to win a split decision. Check out that fight and more full fight video highlights right here.
We breakdown the main card fights on the UFC on FUEL TV 3 event that’s set for Tuesday night in Fairfax, Virginia. The event will be headlined by a featherweight scrap between Dustin Poirier and “The Korean Zombie”. Also, Donald Cerrone and Jeremy Stephens will lock horns in what could be “Fight of the Night’.