Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic was once the most feared heavyweight striker in all of mixed martial arts. He was infamous for nearly decapitating all of his opponents with his patented left high kick. However, ever since being served a plate of his own dinner recipe by Gabriel Gonzaga in 2007, the once fearsome Croatian striker has not been achieving the success he had in his youth.
Cro Cop dropped numerous fights to opponents that many fans feel he would have crushed in his days of former glory in the now defunct Pride Fighting Championships. After being submitted in the first round by Alexey Oleinik Friday night at Legends – Part 2 in Russia, it appears that the downward spiral of his MMA career is likely to continue.
Once famed for his impeccable takedown defense, Cro Cop was taken down by his Russian opponent after attempting a standing guillotine choke. Oleinik passed Cro Cop’s guard and locked in a neck crank, forcing the MMA legend to tap at 4:42 of the first round.
Cro Cop immediately sat up and was visibly shocked and disappointed at what had just happened to him.
This latest loss raises the serious question of retirement for Cro Cop. Should he decide to retire, he has absolutely nothing to be ashamed about. Just because he has gotten older and declined in fighting ability in recent years, it still doesn’t negate anything from the accomplishments of his youth. Cro Cop has achieved a legendary status in the sport, and if he decides to hang up the gloves, then that’s his choice.