Mirko Cro Cop’s Latest Fight In Rizin World Grand Prix Final Lasts 60 Seconds

New Year’s Eve saw the final event in the 2017 Rizin World Grand Prix calendar. The Japan-based MMA promotion has enjoyed success over the past three years attracting some big names to the country. A superb display was put on by serial comeback king Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic as he took on local fighter, Tsuyoshi Kosaka. In a battle of the old boys, the 47-year-old Japanese fighter was no match for the 43-year-old Croatian, the fight ending by knockout in just over a minute.

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After an aggressive start to the fight, Kosaka was unable to land anything significant as the Cro Cop set to work. A huge hail Mary saw Kosaka overbalance allowing the Croatian to capitalise. After wrestling Kosaka to the mat, Cro Cop unleashed a number of large strikes which went largely undefended.

It took less than 20 seconds from that point for Filipovic to secure the victory with a ringside official halting the fight at 1:02.

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Post-fight Cro Cop praised his opponent for standing with him as one of the older generation still fighting.

“Fighting in Japan is something special to me. I’m the last of my generation, but I’m still there, I’m still fighting. Congratulations to Kosaka, I hope he is ok and he is not seriously hurt”

The victory takes Cro Cop’s winning streak to 8 fights in a row. The Croatian retired from the UFC in 2015 after testing positive for and admitting to using human growth hormone to speed his recovery from a shoulder injury. He made his return to fighting via the Rizin Fighting Federation. After battling troublesome knee injuries, he made a miraculous recovery after undergoing a radical stem cell transplant to regrow cartilage in the knee.

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He has two more fights with Rizen scheduled in the new year and looks to retire for good at the end of the year.

“My last fight will definitely be on December 31 2018. Yes I would like to fight for another ten years, but everything comes to an end.”

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