Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic returns to kickboxing to take on Ray Sefo on March 10, 2012, in Zagreb, Croatia.
One more for the road.
"Cro Cop" is apparently all healed up from a torn bicep injury he suffered last year, and is ready to give his hometown fans one last treat in what is expected to be his swan song. He is lined up to take on former K-1 kickboxing standout Ray Sefo on March 10, 2012, in a K-1 rules bout in Mirko's hometown of Zagreb, Croatia.
The two kickboxers competed for K-1 in their younger years, but never crossed paths and a fight between the two dangerous strikers never came too light.
However, they will finally have the chance to go toe-to-toe before retirement comes knocking at the door.
Check out Sefo's tweets via his official Twitter account after the jump:
Some news for you all my fight with Mirko Cro-Cop has been confirmed for March 10th!!!
The fight will be a K-1 rule fight, it's held in Zagreb Croatia I'm told it'll be in front of 25,000 people
The promotion is called Fight Channel Promotions it's a TV Network in Croatia, the fight will be K-1 rules....
It's important to note that even though the rules will be under the K-1 striking format, the fight is NOT being put on by K-1, but rather a Croatian TV network.
After running wild in Japan during his five-year stint with PRIDE, capturing the 2006 open-weight Grand Prix in the process, "Cro Cop" joined the big boys of the UFC heavyweight division. He could never recapture the glory days the enjoyed "Far East," though.
Sefo, on the other hand, tried his hand at MMA, amassing a 2-1 record, splitting two fights under the Strikeforce banner.
"Suger's" true passion, however, lay in kickboxing as he spent most of his days competing under the K-1 banner, facing the best strikers in the world such as Jerome le Banner, Tyron Spong and Melvin Manhoef just to name a few, and has more the 60 kickboxing matches under his belt.
The official announcement is expected to be made in the coming days.
Anyone think "Cro Cop" can follow in the footsteps of Chris Lytle before him and end his combat career with a win? Or will Sefo play spoiler and send the crowd home disappointed?