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Pic: Mirko Cro Cop, 44, is JACKED ahead of Roy Nelson fight at Bellator 216

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Former PRIDE FC and UFC heavyweight striking sensation, Mirko Filipovic, will rematch fellow Octagon export Roy Nelson, at the upcoming Bellator 216: “MVP vs. Daley” mixed martial arts (MMA) event this Sat. night (Feb. 16, 2019) inside Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Nelson won their first go-round at UFC 137 back in 2011.

The pair were first scheduled to throw hands for Scott Coker and Co. at Bellator 200 last May in London; however, “Cro Cop” (37-11-2, 1 NC) suffered a late knee injury and was pulled from the card. Conveniently, the 44 year-old Filipovic was well enough to compete for RIZIN just a few months later, where he steamrolled Roque Martinez in less than a round, but that’s none of my business.

Nor are the slew of photos and videos of the Croat looking JACKED.

As for Nelson (23-16), he would return to the Bellator cage against Matt Mitrione and Sergei Kharitonov, but would lose both contests, the latter by knockout. The 42 year-old “Big Country” has not won back-to-back fights in nearly six years and spent the better part of last year in a war of words with his heavyweight opponent (sample here).

To see who else is fighting at Bellator 216 click here.