Retired from Mixed Martial Arts and retired from combat sports are two entirely different things and former UFC heavyweight fighter Mirko Cro Cop is set to prove that.
After taking defeat in the UFC for the last time at UFC 137 against Roy “Big Country” Nelson the Croatian superstar announced his retirement from the UFC and the world of Mixed Martial arts. The defeat marked his fourth loss in six fights and was apparently all she wrote.
However, while he may not be willing to step into a cage anytime soon, Mirko has made plans to return to his K-1 roots in a professional kickboxing on March 10 in Zagreb, Croatia.
No opponent has yet been announced or determined but the prospect field for Cro Cops return to action has been narrowed down to either Dzevad Poturak or Errol Zimmerman.
If things go according to plan, this will serve as his first kickboxing match since making the full time commitment to Mixed Martial Arts in 2003. The last time we saw Mirko compete under K-1 rules was a bout against Bob Sapp where he was able to take the gargantuan Sapp out with a shattering left hand that broke his orbital bone.
Cro Cop saw much success under the K-1 banner many years ago with the highlight of his kickboxing career coming in 2002 when he was able to put together a four-fight win streak which included wins over the likes of Remy Bonjasky and the current Grand Prix champion Mark Hunt.