Over the weekend, Glory announced a big signing. UFC, Pride, and K-1 legend Mirko Cro Cop is now a part of Glory.
Though it has not yet been officially announced, reports indicate that Cro Cop will make his debut on a Glory show to be help in Zagreb, Croatia in March. The current talk is that Remy Bonjasky will be his opponent, and that this would be the retirement fight for Bonjasky. These two kickboxing greats have met once before, with Cro Cop earning a win way back in 2002.
Since leaving the UFC in 2011, Cro Cop has been primarily focused on kickboxing over MMA. He’s 6-0 since making his return to kickboxing, including wins over Ray Sefo, Pavel Zhuravlev, and Ismael Londt, and has won the K-1 Grand Prix crown. His last kickboxing fight was in March of this year, meaning he is likely to have a 1 year gap between fights (though he did lose an MMA fight in November).
Famed for his devastating head kick knockout, Cro Cop is definitely a kickboxing great, though not quite at the level of the highest elite fighters. At 39 years old, he now fights with a more cautious, veteran’s style, favoring a crafty, grinding game over KO power. He’s not the same fighter he once was, but he has shown that he remains a viable force in the Heavyweight division, and for many fans, his signing is just another reason to tune in to Glory.
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