Mirko Cro Cop's last left high kick, ever

source: The Underground

On May 5, 2006, at Pride's 2006 Open-Weight Grand Prix, Mirko 'Cro Cop' Filipovic won the first match at the Pride Total Elimination Absolute, KOing Ikuhisa Minowa. At that event he also coined a phrase that would stick - "Right leg, hospital; left leg, cemetery."

On July 1, 2006 at Pride Critical Countdown Absolute, Filipovi? used those legs to defeat 1992 Olympic judo gold medalist Hidehiko Yoshida in the first round, and moved on to the semi-finals.

On September 10, 2006, Filipovi? knocked out then-Pride middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva with a left high kick, and won a victory over Josh Barnett, who submitted after sustaining an eye injury.

It was the high point of an extraordinary career.

He went on from there to the UFC, eventually going a respectable 4-6.

But Cro Cop was not a 'respectable' fighter, he was absolutely extraordinary, a proud Coratian credit to his race, the human race.

With his retirment, the kick below is in all likelihood the last left high kick Cro Cop will throw in competition.

 The kick above maybe does not do justice to Cro Cop's mind blowing skills. Check out the highlight video below to see what "Right leg, hospital; left leg, cemetery" really meant.




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spliff site profile image  

11/26/11 1:26 AM by spliff

 good song choice

MagSlim site profile image  

11/26/11 12:49 AM by MagSlim

great fun to watch, would like to buy him a beer some day

roscoegrinders site profile image  

11/25/11 11:48 PM by roscoegrinders

 Too bad he had already peaked and was on the downside of his career when he got to the UFC. He was awsome to watch

Gu31232 site profile image  

11/25/11 11:29 PM by Gu31232

Hey, Cro Cop fought his heart out in that fight. When he was throwing that huge flurry up against the cage in that second round vs Nelson, I got chills down my spine.

Fromhell site profile image  

11/25/11 9:21 PM by Fromhell

it still stings that he didn't go out with a win,but he went out fighting as a warrior.

lildragonof site profile image  

11/25/11 7:33 PM by lildragonof

Thank you mister Croatian cop! :(

FCFBlazer site profile image  

11/25/11 7:07 PM by FCFBlazer


r_o_y site profile image  

11/25/11 6:40 PM by r_o_y

sad,if that had been anyone else that kick might have worked...but nelson's head is made of rocks i swear...

Soggykong site profile image  

11/25/11 6:11 PM by Soggykong

Coincidental, I'm wearing my cro-cop shirt today. Had to explain to my wifes grandfather what it meant. Wish he could of high light kicked someone in UFC.

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11/25/11 6:09 PM by seandiesel