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‘Health problems’ force Mirko Cro Cop to retire (again): ‘This is definitely the end’

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I know, I know, we’ve heard this before... and even before that. But this time he really means it.

We think.

Mirko Filipovic, 42, who rose to power under the PRIDE FC banner over a decade ago, recaptured some of that former glory by winning the RIZIN FF open-weight grand prix last weekend in Saitama, Japan (highlights here).

That’s what we call leaving on a high note.

“That was definitely my last tournament. I have health problems and this is definitely the end of my career,” Cro Cop told Nova TV (via Croatia Week). “I know I have announced my retirement before, but this is definitely it.”

Filipovic (35-11-2) retires on the strength of a seven-fight winning streak.

That would have sounded like fiction just a few years back. “Cro Cop” struggled mightily under the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) banner. So much so, even longtime nemesis Fedor Emelianenko was calling for the heavyweight Croat to retire.

Shoe, meet other foot.

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