That’s the word via the UFC UK Twitter account: We’re coming to Poland on April 11th and here’s your main and co-main!! Boom! pic.twitter.com/PvosNfDiud — UFC United Kingdom (@UFC_UK) January 23, 2015 The UFC announced that Mirko Cro Cop had been re-signed to the promotion after a three year hiatus earlier this week. The move … Read more
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.
Fresh off a first round beatdown of super heavyweight punching bag Bob Sapp in May, Alexander Emelianenko returned to action on July 4 with his own brand of fisticuff fireworks. Alex took on Brazilian striker Jose Rodrigo “Dragao” Guelke (15-10) at “ProFC 49: Resurrection” in Khimiki, Russia and used his trademark boxing to stop Guelke about midway through the opening round.
Mirko Cro Cop might still be angry about the two knees he took to the groin from Alistair Overeem back at DREAM 6 in September 2008 in Japan that halted the bout early via No Contest.
Or he might just be giving his unbiased opinion on what happens to a fighter who gets popped for elevated testosterone levels high enough to power a thoroughbred race horse, who then is forced to sit on the sidelines and return to the Octagon eight months later without pharmaceutical crutches.
Watch as former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia takes on Olympic medalist Satoshi Ishii, Cro Cop faces Shinichi Suzukawa and Minowaman vs. Bor Bratovz.