Cro Cop Retires from Kickboxing: ’Kickboxing is in deep problems’

UFCHIGHLIGHTED 24.02.2015 15:05h Author:

Photo by Ivana Kaurloto (Fight Site)

This Monday Mirko Filipović appeared as a guest at the American radio show The MMA Hour hosted by Ariel Helwani where he quietly and almost imperceptibly announced the end of his kickboxing career – the discipline which he always said was his first and greatest love and which brought him back to life a couple of years ago after he failed in the UFC.

His decision was mostly influenced by the new contract with the elite MMA promotion as well as problems Glory fell into. Filipović revealed one more important detail – he decided to end his career in the UFC.

„This is definitely my final contract. I will end my career in the UFC. But despite the fact that I am 40 years old I feel great“, said Cro Cop who is to fight Gabriel Gonzaga in Poland in April. Filipović has a three bout contract with the UFC and thus has no time to squeeze in kickboxing matches in between. When asked about it directly, Filipović answered:

„I am done with kickboxing. I will do only MMA now. I will not do kickboxing anymore. Glory is in deep problems and kickboxing as sport itself is in big problems now too“, claims Filipović.

Mirko did two matches for Glory; first in the Zagreb Arena at Glory 14 when he lost to Remy Bonjasky in a controversial match. Disappointed with the outcome, Filipović left the ring and the venue immediately. A couple of months later, Mirko fought Jarell Miller and defeated him for the second time. That was also Mirko's last match in Glory.