Ray Sefo announces upcoming kickboxing match against Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic

Following his UFC 137 technical knockout loss to Roy Nelson, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic announced that he was retiring from the UFC. The loss marked the third consecutive time the former PRIDE legend had been stopped by KO/TKO. The previous two losses came at the hands of Frank Mir and Brendan Schaub.

However it appears that fans of combat sports will get one more opportunity to see Filipovic compete, as Ray Sefo took to his twitter account to announce, “Some news for you all my fight with Mirko Cro-Cop has been confirmed for March 10th!!!” Sefo then added, “The fight will be a K-1 rule fight, it’s held in Zagreb Croatia I’m told it’ll be in front of 25,000 people….

Sefo then informed his twitter followers, “It’s a K-1 rule fight, the promoters are called Fight Channel Promotions. A TV network.

The last time Filipovic competed in a kickboxing bout was April 30, 2003, knocking out Bob Sapp at the 1:26 mark of Round One. Sefo’s last fight was a unanimous decision loss to Tyrone Spong on October 2, 2010.

As of now, there has not been an official announcement of this fight.

Further Reading: Remembering Cro Cop: A look back at the career of Mirko Filipovic

Mirko Cro Cop before his fight with Eddie Sanchez at the Ultimate Fighting Champion Championship UFC 67 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas on Feb. 3, 2007. Photo credit: Francis Specker


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    January 23, 2012 at 3:14 am

    Honestly, I think K-1 is a good place for Mirko, it suits his skill set pretty good. Best of Luck CroCop!

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    Bruce Lee

    January 23, 2012 at 3:39 am

    I agree but he’s clearly pulling a Fedor looking for something easier than UFC/MMA. Retire with honor Mirko. Retire with honor.

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    January 23, 2012 at 3:56 am

    After this fight: Mirko Crocop vs Badr Hari !!

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    The Woods''

    January 23, 2012 at 4:07 am

    This is not good for Mirko if it is a new career move. He doesn’t need to be taking any more head trauma.

    Near the end of the ufc 137 broadcast when Rogan and Goldie are recapping Cro Cop and Roy Nelsons fight, the camera cuts to mirko in his locker room watching a monitor and that pretty much says it all.

    There’s no need to continue fighting.

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    x murderer

    January 23, 2012 at 4:07 am

    nice. two of my favorite k1 legends meet each other for the 1st time.
    both well past their prime but still an exciting match. hari would outmatch both these guys in a k1 fight. he already destroyed sefo.

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    January 23, 2012 at 4:27 am

    I hope he’ll retire after that fight, win or lose. His coaches have to dislike him to send him to war again.

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    January 23, 2012 at 4:36 am

    if by easier you mean he doesnt have to worry about guys trying to hump him then yes its much easier. Both guys are high level strikers this is a very good fight

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    Bruce Lee

    January 23, 2012 at 5:13 am

    That’s exactly what I meant. No takedowns, no grappling against the fence. No BJJ subs.

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    January 23, 2012 at 6:13 am

    Badr Hari would eat Cro Cop alive

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    The Titan

    January 23, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Oh God he should just retire already. K-1 is even more dangerous. I just hope he doesn’t get knocked out like he did against Gonzaga.

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    January 23, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Cro Cop will get knocket out AGAIN.

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    January 23, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Mirko lost his last 3 UFC fights in striking fights. I don’t see him fairing much better here. He just doesn’t have it anymore.

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    January 23, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Ive been hit with boxing gloves and 4 ounce MMA gloves…….the MMA gloves hurt more, end of story. Secondly I think 1/2 the K-1 guys are overrated. MO

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    The Mangler

    January 23, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Mirko got Ko’d by Schaub, Mir, and Nelson. I really don’t see him surviving against the best strikers in the world.

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