Birth Name: Mirko Filipovic
A.K.A.: Cro Cop
Birth Date: September 10, 1974
Born in: Privlaka, Croatia
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic is a Croatian law enforcement officer turned kickboxer turned mixed martial artist.
The name “Cro Cop” comes from his membership in the Croatian police’s Anti-Terrorist Group. He has been successful in both K-1 and PRIDE, winning the PRIDE 2006 Open Weight Grand Prix on September 10, 2006.
Cro Cop signed with the UFC in 2007. During his initial stint, Cro Cop acquired a less than stellar 1-2 record before signing with DREAM in Japan in 2008. He returned to the UFC in 2009, and has earned a 3-1 record since his return, his most recent being a submission victory over Pat Barry at UFC 115 in June of 2010, his first submission victory in nearly four years.
NOTABLE VICTORIES: Pat Barry, Josh Barnett, Wanderlei Silva, Mark Coleman, Kevin Randleman, Aleksander Emelianenko
NOTABLE LOSSES: Frank Mir, Junior Dos Santos, Cheick Kongo, Gabriel Gonzaga, Mark Hunt, Fedor Emelianenko, Kevin Randleman, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueir