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Encyclopedia > Mirko Filipovic

Mirko "CroCop" Filipović (September 10, 1974 - ) is a Croatian kickboxer turned mixed martial artist, arguably the only martial artist in the world who has been highly successful in fighting both under K-1 kickboxing rules and the MMA Pride Fighting Championships rules. September 10 is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years). ... 1974 is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ... KickBoxing Kickboxing is a martial art which was made for beating Muay Thai by Japanese boxing promotor Osamu Noguchi in 1950. ... Mixed martial arts or MMA is a term for the combat sport in which two competitors attempt to achieve dominance over one another by utilizing three general tactics: striking, finishing holds, and control. ... K. 1 is a designation given to two works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the original Köchel Verzeichnis. ... PRIDE or PRIDE Fighting Championships in Japan is the worlds most popular mixed martial arts championship. ...

Mirko Filipovic on K-1 ring.
Contents

1.1 Kickboxing career
1.2 Switching to PRIDE
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Biography

Kickboxing career

Filipović started his professional career in 1996 as a kickboxer, following the footsteps of his compatriot Branko Cikatić. At the time, Filipović was working as a commando in the Croatian police anti-terrorist unit Alpha (stationed in Lučko near Zagreb), which earned him his nickname CroCop (he also fought several times early in his career under the nickname Tiger). 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... The title given to this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ... The French Navy commando Jaubert storm the Alcyon in a mock assault. ... Zagreb (pronounced ZA-greb) is the capital city of Croatia. ...


His biggest success in kickboxing was the 1999 K-1 Grand Prix. Filipović made it to the final, where he was stopped by Ernesto Hoost - major factor in that loss being a broken rib sustained in the semi-final match. 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... K. 1 is a designation given to two works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the original Köchel Verzeichnis. ... Categories: Wikipedia articles needing copy edit | Stub | 1965 births | Martial arts practitioners ...


Switching to PRIDE

In 2001, Filipović began his switch to fighting under Pride rules, citing personal challenge, as well as dissatisfaction with K-1 salaries. A year later, he also left his job at the anti-terrorist unit in order to focus fully on his martial arts career. Since then, Filipović maintained a comparably low kickboxing profile, but nevertheless scored some impressive K-1 victories, most notably against Mark Hunt in March 2002 (unanimous decision), Remy Bonjasky in July 2002 (2nd round TKO), and Bob Sapp in April 2003 (1st round KO). 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mark Hunt (23 March 1974-) is a kickboxer from New Zealand. ... Bob Sapp (born September 22, 1972) is an American kickboxer/MMA fighter. ...


Meanwhile, his string of equally impressive PRIDE wins secured him a chance to fight for the World Champion title against Minotauro in November 2003. Filipović's stand-up fighting skills proved effective in the first round, which he controlled easily from his feet. However, Minotauro's skill and resilience prevailed, and Filipović was forced to submit to an armbar early in the second round. Antonio Rodrigo Minotauro Nogueira (born in June 1976) is a heavyweight fighter in mixed martial arts, currently competing in the Japanese organization, the Pride Fighting Championships but has also fought in a number of other organizations. ...


In 2004, Filipović put his K-1 career completely on hold, and recruited Fabricio Werdum (a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert and former World Champion) as his coach, working hard on improving his ground fighting skills. As of early 2005, he appears to be a nearly certain candidate for another Heavyweight Champion title fight, this time against Fedor Emelianenko. The most dangerous weapon in Filipovic's arsenal is his high left kick in which he regularly knocks his opponents out with. 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), also known as Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (GJJ), is a martial art that was developed in Brazil by the Gracie family during the mid-20th century. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ... Fedor Emelianenko (born September 26, 1976) is a heavyweight Mixed martial arts fighter, competing in the Japanese organization, the Pride Fighting Championships, and is the consensus #1 Heavyweight in the sport. ...


In November 2003, Filipović ran as a non-party candidate on the Social Democratic Party list in parliamentary elections and attained a seat in the Croatian Parliament. He is currently living in Zagreb with his wife and son. The Social Democratic Party of Croatia (Croatian: Socijaldemokratska Partija Hrvatske) is the main social democratic political party in Croatia. ... Elections for the Croatian Parliament were held on November 23, 2003. ... The parliament of Croatia is called Hrvatski Sabor in Croatian - the word sabor means an assembly, a gathering, a congress. ... Zagreb (pronounced ZA-greb) is the capital city of Croatia. ...


See also

KickBoxing Kickboxing is a martial art which was made for beating Muay Thai by Japanese boxing promotor Osamu Noguchi in 1950. ... MMA may refer to: MacRobertson Miller Airlines, a Western Australian airline (1934-1980s). ... K. 1 is a designation given to two works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the original Köchel Verzeichnis. ... Pride - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ...

External link

  • Mirko Filipovic official website (http://www.mirko-crocop.com)
  • Official MMA record (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=2326)
  • Official kickboxing record (http://ko.sherdog.com/fightfinder/displayfighter.cfm?fighterid=24)

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Mirko Filipović - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1503 words)
Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović (born on September 10, 1974) is a Croatian kickboxer turned mixed martial artist.
Also, Mirko had displayed considerable problems with his cardio during his fights with Emelianenko, Barnett and Hunt leading to the speculation that he was much too active and a resting period from the ring would work to his advantage.
Mirko won the fight with devastating punches and ground and pound resulting in a TKO victory in 1 minute 10 seconds of the 1st round.
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