Longtime fans of MMA will no doubt be happy to hear PRIDE icon Mirko Filipovic has ended his career on a positive note, picking up a win over the weekend in a kickboxing bout under the K-1 banner which is expected to mark his last appearance inside a ring. Better yet, the performance came in front of his fellow Croatians.
On the losing end of the three-round decision was Ray Sefo, also an accomplished striker with success on the K-1 level.
While “Cro Cop” was unable to put Sefo away with one of his trademark high kicks he looked relatively crisp throughout, avoiding any real damage while absorbing the strikes that did land without showing any indication of the questionable chin as he’d recently been accused of having.
Filipovic retires with a 17-7 record as a kickboxer and 27-10-1 mark in MMA. Though he lost his last three fights as a Mixed Martial Artist, the fan-favorite experienced a great deal of success in the sport including triumphs over Pat Barry, Wanderlei Silva, Mark Coleman, Kevin Randleman, and Josh Barnett.
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MMATraining Take: Hopefully his win over Sefo will in fact be the last time Filipovic fights (other than MAYBE a one-off with Fedor Emelianenko on New Year’s Eve for nostalgia’s sake). There’s no need for him to tarnish his legacy any further or risk his health, as he’s got enough money and fame to hold him over for awhile.