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Mirko Cro Cop Returns To His Roots At Glory 14

Photo via Mirko Cro Cop Facebook

Former Pride, UFC and K-1 star Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic will make his return to the limelight that is American TV as he headlines the Glory 14 main card in Zagreb, Croatia. He will be fighting three-time K-1 World Grand Prix champion Remy Bonjasky. The bout will take place on Mar. 8 which is nearly a year after Cro Cop’s last fight in a kickboxing bout.

In his prime, Cro Cop was a beast when it came to kickboxing. His was known for his lethal leg kicks. He was the runner-up in two K-1 World Grand Prix tournaments in 1999 and 2000, losing to Ernesto Hoost and Mike Bernardo, respectively. Some of his more notable victories in K-1 include Mark Hunt, Bonjasky and Bob Sapp.

In 2013, Cro Cop was crowned the K-1 World Grand Prix 2012 Final champion. He defeated Jarrell Miller, Pavel Zhuravlev and Ismael Londt to earn the crown.

Though a talented kick-boxer, Cro Cop made a name for himself in Pride FC. He was the 2006 Pride World Grand Prix Open Weight champion when he earned several notable victories over Heath Herring, Aleksander Emelianenko, Josh Barnett and Kevin Randleman. While in Pride, Cro Cop became a human highlight reel.

His overwhelming success in Pride made him a must have in the UFC. Although Cro Cop carried all the hype with him into the UFC, he apparently left all his talent in Pride. During his two stints with the UFC, Cro Cop held a 4-6 record inside the organization. He last competed inside the octagon in 2011 when he lost by TKO to Roy Nelson.

Anthony Cloud is a MMA Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Google or like him on Facebook.