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Mirko Cro Cop Is Clean – For Now

The best, most exciting version of Mirko Cro Cop was when he was juiced to the gills and fighting in Japan. Yeah, that was the guy who’d kick people’s heads off like it was nothing.

Unfortunately, his UFC run was less than stellar… pesky drug testing.

But once he was unshackled by United States athletic commissions, he rose again, like a phoenix from the ashes! And now he’s fighting on the Bellator 200 card, rematching with Roy Nelson in London, England.

Of course, a dark cloud of synthetic hormones will forever hang over the Croatian kickboxer, so we must wonder if his trip to the Bellator cage will be “enhanced”.

Well, apparently Cro Cop has passed his first drug test. Hooray!

As per MMAJunkie:

As expected, Cro Cop (36-11-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) was tested in early April by Michael Mazzulli, who serves as president of both the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation (MTDAR) and the Association of Boxing Commissions and regulates Bellator events overseas.

Mazzulli today told MMAjunkie that Cro Cop was tested via urine, and his sample was analyzed at a Quest Diagnostics facility back in the U.S. The sample tested negative for performance enhancers and drugs of abuse.

Mazzulli indicated that as long as Cro Cop passes his drug tests in connection with Bellator 200, his past with USADA won’t keep him from the Bellator cage.

“The last thing I want to do is adversely affect a guy’s career,” Mazzulli said. “There’s only so many years they have the ability to earn. In my opinion, and in the Mohegan Tribe’s opinion, 2015 was three years ago, so it’s time to allow him to fight and make a living.”

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Mirko Cro Cop Throws Some Shade at Roy Nelson

Former kickboxer and PRIDE FC superstar Mirko Cro Cop is the last dude on the planet to ever talk trash.

But for some reason, Roy Nelson has him throwing some shade in regards to their bout at Bellator 200.

Obviously, it stems from Nelson voicing some… apprehensions about facing a juiced-up Cro Cop. Because, let’s face it, Cro Cop and drug tests have never really mixed. And, given that Bellator 200 is going to take place in London, England, where drug testing isn’t as stringent as in the States, sure, maybe Nelson is right to have these misgivings.

Anyway, here’s Cro Cop posting some words to Nelson. And they’re not kind in regards to his beard.

 

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Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Rips ‘Fat, Disrespectful’ Roy Nelson for PED Speculation Ahead of Bellator 200

Mirko Filipovic had some choice words for Roy Nelson after “Big Country” speculated that “Cro Cop” might be on performance enhancing drugs when they square off at Bellator 200.
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Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Rips ‘Fat, Disrespectful’ Roy Nelson for PED Speculation Ahead of Bellator 200

Mirko Filipovic had some choice words for Roy Nelson after “Big Country” speculated that “Cro Cop” might be on performance enhancing drugs when they square off at Bellator 200.
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Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Rips ‘Fat, Disrespectful’ Roy Nelson for PED Speculation Ahead of Bellator 200

Mirko Filipovic had some choice words for Roy Nelson after “Big Country” speculated that “Cro Cop” might be on performance enhancing drugs when they square off at Bellator 200.
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Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Rips ‘Fat, Disrespectful’ Roy Nelson for PED Speculation Ahead of Bellator 200

Mirko Filipovic had some choice words for Roy Nelson after “Big Country” speculated that “Cro Cop” might be on performance enhancing drugs when they square off at Bellator 200.
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Mirko Cro Cop Returns to Bellator 200

The recycling machine rolls on with Bellator.

Mirko Cro Cop, formerly of, well every other promotion out there, is stepping back into the cage for Bellator 200 in London, England. His opponent: Roy Nelson, who Cro Cop fought and lost to back at UFC 137 in 2011.

Traditionally, the Croation kickboxer does well in jurisdictions with weak drug testing, so draw your own conclusions on this one…

Here’ the official release:

An exciting battle between heavyweight fan-favorites Mirko Cro Cop (36-11-2, 1 NC) and Roy Nelson (23-15) has been added to historic Bellator 200 at The SSE Arena, Wembley in London on Friday, May 25.

The two renowned fighters join a stacked card that already includes a Bellator middleweight title matchup pitting current champ Rafael Carvalho (15-1) against Gegard Mousasi (43-6-2), while former titleholder Phil Davis (18-4) takes on Linton Vassell (18-6) in a light heavyweight matchup and undefeated British striker Michael “Venom” Page (12-0) meets David “The Caveman” Rickels (19-4, 2 NC) at welterweight.

Tickets for the event are on sale now at The SSE Arena, Wembley Box Office (0844 815 0815), Ticketmaster.com, ssearena.co.uk and axs.com. Bellator 200 will be broadcast on Paramount Network at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while preliminary action will stream on Bellator.com and globally on the Bellator Mobile App. Additional contests will be announced in coming weeks.

The man synonymous with head kick knockouts, Mirko Cro Cop makes his way to Bellator in the midst of an eight-fight win streak that includes TKO victories over “King Mo” Lawal, Gabriel Gonzaga and Satoshi Ishii. The proud Croatian famously won the PRIDE 2006 Openweight Grand Prix championship, as well as the RIZIN World Grand Prix 2016 title and K-1 World Grand Prix 2012 Final in kickboxing. One of the most feared strikers in MMA history, Cro Cop owns additional career wins over Wanderlei Silva, Josh Barnett (x3), Pat Barry, Mark Coleman and Kevin Randleman.

Fighting out of Las Vegas, Roy Nelson made his Bellator debut at Bellator 183 in September with a hard-fought victory over Javy Ayala following an eight-year, 19-fight run with UFC that saw him earn wins over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, “Bigfoot” Silva, Cheick Kongo and Mirko Cro Cop. “Big Country” also memorably defeated the late Kimbo Slice and later went on to win season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter. Having recently fought Matt Mitrione in the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix, Nelson is looking for a big win over one of the sport’s true legends.

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Mirko Cro Cop Returns to Bellator 200

The recycling machine rolls on with Bellator.

Mirko Cro Cop, formerly of, well every other promotion out there, is stepping back into the cage for Bellator 200 in London, England. His opponent: Roy Nelson, who Cro Cop fought and lost to back at UFC 137 in 2011.

Traditionally, the Croation kickboxer does well in jurisdictions with weak drug testing, so draw your own conclusions on this one…

Here’ the official release:

An exciting battle between heavyweight fan-favorites Mirko Cro Cop (36-11-2, 1 NC) and Roy Nelson (23-15) has been added to historic Bellator 200 at The SSE Arena, Wembley in London on Friday, May 25.

The two renowned fighters join a stacked card that already includes a Bellator middleweight title matchup pitting current champ Rafael Carvalho (15-1) against Gegard Mousasi (43-6-2), while former titleholder Phil Davis (18-4) takes on Linton Vassell (18-6) in a light heavyweight matchup and undefeated British striker Michael “Venom” Page (12-0) meets David “The Caveman” Rickels (19-4, 2 NC) at welterweight.

Tickets for the event are on sale now at The SSE Arena, Wembley Box Office (0844 815 0815), Ticketmaster.com, ssearena.co.uk and axs.com. Bellator 200 will be broadcast on Paramount Network at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while preliminary action will stream on Bellator.com and globally on the Bellator Mobile App. Additional contests will be announced in coming weeks.

The man synonymous with head kick knockouts, Mirko Cro Cop makes his way to Bellator in the midst of an eight-fight win streak that includes TKO victories over “King Mo” Lawal, Gabriel Gonzaga and Satoshi Ishii. The proud Croatian famously won the PRIDE 2006 Openweight Grand Prix championship, as well as the RIZIN World Grand Prix 2016 title and K-1 World Grand Prix 2012 Final in kickboxing. One of the most feared strikers in MMA history, Cro Cop owns additional career wins over Wanderlei Silva, Josh Barnett (x3), Pat Barry, Mark Coleman and Kevin Randleman.

Fighting out of Las Vegas, Roy Nelson made his Bellator debut at Bellator 183 in September with a hard-fought victory over Javy Ayala following an eight-year, 19-fight run with UFC that saw him earn wins over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, “Bigfoot” Silva, Cheick Kongo and Mirko Cro Cop. “Big Country” also memorably defeated the late Kimbo Slice and later went on to win season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter. Having recently fought Matt Mitrione in the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix, Nelson is looking for a big win over one of the sport’s true legends.

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Mirko Cro Cop reveals his return from retirement won’t last long

The PRIDE legend has the final fights of his career planned out, and there aren’t many left.

Mirko Cro Cop has come out of retirement, but don’t expect it to last.

The kickboxing and MMA legend is set to return again Tsuyoshi Kohsaka on New Years Eve in Japan. After that, Mirko claims he’ll fight two or three more times and then go back into retirement. The original plan was just a single fight against Fedor Emelianenko, but unfortunately Fedor’s loss to Matt Mitrione scuttled that.

“I would like to make a farewell fight,” Cro Cop said on the latest MMA Hour. “The idea was to do this with Fedor, you know? But Fedor was supposed to win against Matt Mitrione, and the way he lost, that option wasn’t an option any more.”

So Rizin organized the TK fight on New Year’s Eve and suggested Mirko finish things off by fighting the winner of their Heavyweight Grand Prix.

“The want me to fight the winner of the Rizin Heavyweight Grand Prix in 2018, and I agreed,” Mirko said. “But in the meantime I have to do one or two fights to keep my body in shape. I’m not 25, I’m not 30 any more. That’s the only reason I’m doing this, because I need interval trainings … I have to see targets in front of me. So I’ll fight Kohsaka December 31st now and most likely it’s April or July I have a second one and then next year it will be it.”

While Fedor is tied in in the Bellator heavyweight tournament, Mirko admitted he’d love to face his rival again if the possibility arose.

“It would be a perfect fight,” he said. “Fedor is a true legend of the sport. One of the biggest, maybe the biggest MMA fighter ever. It doesn’t matter. He lost a fight against Mitrione. It doesn’t matter. He will always be marked as one of the biggest, for me, the biggest MMA fighter of all time.”

At this moment, Fedor is set to fight Frank Mir in the Bellator tournament, although a date hasn’t been set.

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Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Ends Another Retirement, Faces Tsuyoshi Kosaka, 47, at Rizin’s Dec. 31 Card

Just days after Rizin Fighting Federation CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara said that Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic would come out of retirement for another few fights, the Croatian fighting legend has an official opponent.
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