Sunday, April 12, 2015

Cro Cop: King Rematch

"Cro Cop smells it!" "What a comeback for the legend!" 

After being defeated by his own weapon of choice 8 years ago, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic avenges one of his most devastating losses. In 2007, Cro Cop had just come from Pride and was expected to meet Heavyweight champion Randy Couture but faced off with the less known and hungry Gabriel "Napao" Gonzaga instead. After being taken down and dazed by elbows,the two were stood up where Gonzaga shocked the world by taking out Cro Cop with a high kick. Cro Cop would struggle forever after with mental motivation and physical injuries while Napao would drop a title shot against Couture. With the UFC ever expanding into new markets, the duo headlined Fight Night 64 available exclusively on web based Fight Pass.

Last night, in front of 10,000 fans in Poland, Cro Cop came from behind and delivered a nasty TKO victory. With neither man committing to much in the early rounds, Cro Cop throwing a few jabs and a whiffed high kick, the Croatian found himself underneath the 250 pound Gonzaga at the end of rounds 1 and 2. The two scrambled for heel locks and knee bars with neither in too much danger. While Cro Cop was able to avoid much damage, he took a big elbow to the face that opened up a giant cut on the side of his left eye. To start round 3, Cro Cop easily avoided a takedown attempt but was pushed up against the fence. There, Cro Cop unloaded a huge standing elbow that wobbled Gonzaga before delivering another. A mad scramble saw Cro Cop land a few punches on the stunned Gonzaga who was desperately trying to wrap Mirko up. Cro Cop delivered big elbows to the body and head then finished Gonzaga off with a series of hammer fists.

Both men were bloodied and cut with the bout being deemed Fight of the Night and a $50,000 bonus awarded. Mirko attended the post fight conference while Gonzaga was taken to the hospital as a precaution. This was the first of an alleged 3 fight deal with the UFC. Fans are clamoring for a rematch with Antonio "Minotauro" Nogueira after the still active legend said he'd be open for another bout. The 40 year old former Special Forces commando, parliament member and K-1 kickboxer said he was struggling with shoulder and knee issues so may take a quick break before returning to action. With this victory, Cro Cop is now 6-0 in rematch fights.

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