Monday, February 24, 2014

Wild Boys: Strong Men Also Cry

"I cried when I was watching Rambo 1, when they put him in a jail, it wasn't cool.  The man didn't do anything so that drew a tear to my eye.  The sheriff started it first.  I hate mistreatment.  Peace, Freedom and Democracy for all."
      - Mirko "CroCop" Filipovic

Let's get the week started with a little Mirko Monday, shall we?  As in Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, the Croatian sensation who took up kickboxing as a teen and joined the police force after the death of his father.  After serving as an Anti-Terrorist Commando, Mirko took it to the ring where his "kick of death" and devastating punch combinations helped turn him into a true legend of combat sports and also the toughest guy ever to walk out to Duran Duran.  Fighting his way through K-1, Pride and the UFC, Mirko was the archetype of  "sprawl and brawl" but always took the ground game seriously, training with noted jiu-jitsu practitioners like Fabricio Werdum and Dean Lister.  While his last bouts in the UFC showed a more tentative fighter, Mirko was always one of the most exciting to watch as his career wins contain 20 Knock Outs/Technical Knock Outs, 5 Submissions and just 3 Decisions.

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