Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic is one of the more well-known names in combat sports; he is a kickboxer by trade and was a mixed material artist by choice. This weekend, he will step foot inside the Glory ring and fight a man whom he defeated in 2002, Remy Bonjasky.
For Cro Cop, this is a fight that should mean everything to him in terms of legacy. Considered one of the top kickboxers of all time by some, Cro Cop has been on a row lately. Since returning to kickboxing in 2012, he has won six straight bouts. The most notable of those fights would be Ray Sefo and Ismael Londt, which was a fight that finally gave Cro Cop that long awaited K-1 Grand Prix crown.
Though Bonjasky has been on a skid lately (he is 2-3 in his past five fights), a win over the three time K-1 World Grand Prix champion will look good on his resume once Cro Cop finally decides to lay the gloves down for good. A loss to Bonjansky could ultimately hurt his chances for “world class status,” considering Cro Cop’s past is riddled with random losses (back-to-back losses to Mike Bernardo and Ernesto Hoost in 2000, as well as several losses prior).
Going into the Glory main event, Cro Cop is presumably the favorite. Cro Cop’s style should help him win the fight. In his last outing, Cro Cop was very methodical in his approach. He used his boxing for the most part, but didn’t really throw many combinations. When he did throw his left high-kick it connected, almost putting Londt to sleep in the second round of the K-1 final.
Bonjasky, on the other hand, threw kicks like crazy when he fought Tyron Spong at Glory 5. He was very aggressive and showed good defense for the most part. Spong proved that combinations helped break Bonjasky’s defense and used that to set up a straight right hand that put Bonjansky to sleep.
If Cro Cop goes out and does his job, he will be one step closer to reclaiming his former fame in the kickboxing world, and he will have done it in the premiere kickboxing league at the current time.