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Cro Cop suffers stroke, announces retirement

Postby Edge Guerrero » Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:28 am

By Jose Youngs @JoseYoungs Mar 1, 2019

The legendary career of Mirko Cro Cop has come to an end.

On Friday afternoon, reports from IndexHR announced a stroke had forced the legendary Croatian heavyweight to hang up his four-ounce gloves for good.

He would later take to Instagram to confirm the reports.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BueqAKoAR2F/?utm_source=ig_embed

Cro Cop (38-11-2, 1 NC) — real name Mirko Flipovic — ends his career riding a 10-fight win streak. In his most recent bout, fans witnessed him avenge his previous loss to Roy Nelson with a decision win at Bellator 216 last month. Prior to this performance, Cro Cop strung together five straight wins under the Rizin FF banner, winning the 2016 Rizin Open-Weight Grand Prix in the process. This performance came a little more than 10 years after he emerged victorious from the 2006 Pride World Open-Weight Grand Prix.

During this most recent run of success, Cro Cop also finished Gabriel Gonzaga in the main event of UFC Krakow in April 2015, avenging his previous loss from 2007. This marked his first bout inside the Octagon since his original retirement from MMA in 2011. He would, however, return to kickboxing glory by winning the 2012 K-1 World Grand Prix before picking his MMA gloves back up later that year.

Cro Cop closes his career with several Zuffa, LLC (UFC, Pride, WEC, Strikeforce) records under his belt, including most finishes (21), first round finishes (17) and head kick knockouts (4) while earning notable victories over former champions Josh Barnett, Mark Coleman, Wanderlei Silva (2x), Muhammed Lawal, Kevin Randleman as well as Kazushi Sakuraba, Heath Herring and Igor Vovchanchyn.

Source: https://www.mmafighting.com/2019/3/1/18246655/mirko-cro-cop-suffers-stroke-announces-retirement
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Postby Edge Guerrero » Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:29 am

- Cro-Cop is oneof the biggest Man-crushs that a Man can have. I gonna miss you Mirko!
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Postby Luigi » Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:05 am

That sucks I wanted him to rematch Mir.
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Postby Rambo John J » Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:45 am

I love Mirko
no homo
ok lil homo

I trained kickboxing because of Mirko...I learned southpaw first because of Mirko
K-1 champ
Openweight Tourney Champ
lots of other good shit

what a dude

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Postby Masato » Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:33 pm

late to this thread but yes big props to CroCop, what a legend

I remember his entrance to PRIDE vividly, he was already a huge K1 star and it was Striker vs Grappler all over again to the extreme

CroCop vs Big Nog is maybe one of my favorite fights ever.

Then his tear setting up to fighting Fedor was just so scary

His loss to Randleman!

So many memories

But this is maybe my favorite :D

starts around 2:40:

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Postby Masato » Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:50 pm

Here are some of my favorite CroCop shoops I made in tha Sherdog days:

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Postby Rambo John J » Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:42 pm

Masato wrote:Here are some of my favorite CroCop shoops I made in tha Sherdog days:

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Haaaaaa

That gif is amazing, one of my favorites of all time sir

and the other stuff is amazing also

Thanks for the laughs

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Postby Edge Guerrero » Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:20 pm

Rambo John J wrote:I love Mirko
no homo
ok lil homo

I trained kickboxing because of Mirko...I learned southpaw first because of Mirko
K-1 champ
Openweight Tourney Champ
lots of other good shit

what a dude


- Mirko is every-man man-crush!


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Postby Rambo John J » Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:19 am

Edge Guerrero wrote:
Rambo John J wrote:I love Mirko
no homo
ok lil homo

I trained kickboxing because of Mirko...I learned southpaw first because of Mirko
K-1 champ
Openweight Tourney Champ
lots of other good shit

what a dude


- Mirko is every-man man-crush!


Image

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Postby Masato » Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:21 am

Rambo John J wrote:
Edge Guerrero wrote:
Rambo John J wrote:I love Mirko
no homo
ok lil homo

I trained kickboxing because of Mirko...I learned southpaw first because of Mirko
K-1 champ
Openweight Tourney Champ
lots of other good shit

what a dude


- Mirko is every-man man-crush!


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