Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic re-signs with UFC
PRIDE legend Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic has re-signed with the UFC after a three-plus-year absence from the Octagon.
UFC officials confirmed the signing to FOX Sports on Tuesday and Cro Cop made an announcement on his website, where he said he plans on fighting in April and hopes to avenge some of his losses.
Cro Cop (30-11-2, 1 NC) returns to the UFC at age 40 after leaving the promotion in 2011 following a three-fight losing streak. The former PRIDE open weight Grand Prix champion was one of the biggest acquisitions the UFC made in pursuit of the Japanese powerhouse organization in the mid-2000s, but Cro Cop never quite panned out as a serious threat in the heavyweight division.
The Croatian kickboxer went 1-2 during an initial stint with the UFC in 2007. His most famous moment was getting knocked out by Gabriel Gonzaga in a fight that would have put him in a title fight against then-champion Randy Couture.
Cro Cop came back in 2009 before leaving the UFC once again. He ventured overseas for his next four bouts, where he went 3-1, with his only loss coming to current UFC heavyweight Alexey Oleinik.
There had been reports that Bellator Fighting Championships was interested in signing Cro Cop to its heavyweight roster.