September 08, 2007
LONDON - Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic's career may be coming to an end.
In his first fight since getting knocked out with a kick to the head from Gabriel Gonzaga, Cro Cop was listless and ineffective in losing a unanimous decision to Cheick Kongo.
Judges Jeff Mullen, Cecil Peoples and Andy Roberts each had it 29-28. I scored it 29-28 as well, giving Kongo the last two rounds.
Cro Cop never landed a solid kick or punch the entire fight. His best move came near the end of the first round when he had Kongo on his back and attempted a triangle choke.
But the round ended before he could really cinch it and Kongo was clearly in control the last two rounds.
Kongo said his improved ground work was the reason for the victory, but it appeared less a case of what he did and more a case of what Cro Cop didn't do.
Mirko is now 1-2 since his much heralded signing by the UFC last year. He won an unimpressive victory over Eddie Sanchez and has then been beaten by Gonzaga and Kongo.