Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic defeated Gabriel Gonzaga via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 3:30 in the main event of UFC Fight Fight Night 64.
“Gonzaga is a tough guy, but I needed stay away from him in the first and second rounds. It would sound like I am playing smart now, but it was our strategy, to make him tired in the first two rounds and try to finish him in the third.”
Mirko Filipovic (31-11) 23 KOs, 5 Subs & 3 DEC wins. He is currently on a three fight winning streak prior to UFC Fight Night 64. In his last six bouts, he lost to Roy Nelson at UFC 137 by third round TKO. He left the UFC and went to the IGF promotion. He beat Shinichi Suzukawa by first round armbar in December of 2012, but then lost to Alexey Olenik in November of 2013 by first round neck crank. Filipovic has since rattled off two second round TKO over Satoshi Ishii in August and then over Ishii again in December. Filipovic is coming off a win over Gabriel Gonzaga by third round TKO.
With his first fight back in the UFC a success, what’s next for the legend?
“I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t think about it right now. I just think about how I’m going to go to the hotel, pick up my things, and go home right away. In the morning, I will be in (hometown of) Zagreb, (Croatia). That’s as far as I think right now.”
UFC Fight Night 64 took place on Saturday (April 11) at Krakow Arena in Krakow, Poland on UFC Fight Pass.