Mirko Cro Cop Says Fedor Emelianenko Rematch Isn’t Likely

According to Mirko Cro Cop, a rematch between him and Fedor Emelianenko likely won’t take place soon…

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Legendary heavyweights Fedor Emelianenko and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic are now both competing under the Bellator banner, but according to “Cro Cop”, don’t expect a rematch between the two to take place:

“People are asking me all the time about that, but I don’t think about that right now. And I don’t think that fight will happen,” Filipovic said Thursday on a Bellator 200 conference call (transcribed by MMAFighting.com).

“It’s hard to say. There is no — I don’t have some special desire to fight him anymore, like I had before. Never say never, but I don’t think that fight will ever happen.”

The two first met in 2005 at a PRIDE event at the Saitama Super Arena in what, at the time, was the biggest heavyweight fight in MMA history. And in the end, Emelianenko ended up winning the bout via unanimous decision.

Now years later, both men have followed different paths, but both remain highly recognizable names in the sport.

“Cro Cop”, for example, has spent the majority of the last few years competing under the Rizin banner in Japan. Currently, he’s riding an eight-fight winning streak and will next rematch Roy Nelson in the main event of Bellator 200, which is set to take place on May 25 in London England.

Emelianenko, meanwhile, recently scored an impressive 48-second knockout over former UFC champion Frank Mir in the first round of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament.

As far as that fight goes, Filipovic seemed as if he was impressed by “The Last Emperor”, although he also said that the bout was far too short to take much away from it:

“Well, it was a good fight. If he’s back or not, I don’t know,” Filipovic said. “It was too short. The fight was too short, but good for him.”

Given where each fighter is in his respective career, it doesn’t sound too outlandish to think that a rematch could take place in Bellator, although it’s also unclear how much longer “Cro Cop” will stick around the fight game:

“It’s hard to say,” Filipovic said. “In this business, it’s hard to say. I said a few times already, ‘I’m done, I’m done,’ and at the end day, I always decided to extend my career.

“I will just do it as long as it makes me happy, and as long as my health allows me to keep fighting. So it can be one or two fights, it can be three, I don’t know.

“There are a lot of injuries in this sport, so you never know, especially at my age. I am 43, but I feel so good right now.”

Would you like to see Filipovic and Emelianenko run it back at some point in the near future?

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Mirko Cro Cop Isn’t Banking on Fedor Emelianenko Rematch

Mirko Cro Cop doesn’t believe he’ll go one-on-one with Fedor Emelianenko again. Cro Cop will be making his Bellator debut on May 25. In the main event of Bellator 200, Cro Cop will meet Roy Nelson in a rematch. The bout is to determine who …

Mirko Cro Cop doesn’t believe he’ll go one-on-one with Fedor Emelianenko again. Cro Cop will be making his Bellator debut on May 25. In the main event of Bellator 200, Cro Cop will meet Roy Nelson in a rematch. The bout is to determine who gets a spot as an alternate in the Bellator Heavyweight […]

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Matt Mitrione Hopes For Rematch With Fedor Emelianenko in Russia

Matt Mitrione wouldn’t mind meeting Fedor Emelianenko again in the finals of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix. Mitrione is set to take on Ryan Bader in the semi-finals of the tournament. Mitrione earned his spot by nabbing a majority decision …

Matt Mitrione wouldn’t mind meeting Fedor Emelianenko again in the finals of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix. Mitrione is set to take on Ryan Bader in the semi-finals of the tournament. Mitrione earned his spot by nabbing a majority decision over Roy Nelson. Bader punched his ticket by knocking out Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal in […]

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Chael Sonnen Says Fedor Emelianenko’s Calm Demeanor is a Gimmick

Chael Sonnen isn’t buying into Fedor Emelianenko’s persona. Sonnen and Emelianenko are set to collide in the semi-finals of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix. Sonnen earned his spot when he defeated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson v…

Chael Sonnen isn’t buying into Fedor Emelianenko’s persona. Sonnen and Emelianenko are set to collide in the semi-finals of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix. Sonnen earned his spot when he defeated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson via unanimous decision. It only took Emelianenko 48 seconds to punch his ticket when he knocked out Frank Mir. It didn’t […]

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Frank Mir Testifies In Deadly Chokehold Case Involving Police Officer

Frank Mir testified in a Las Vegas case involving a supposedly fatal choke hold:

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No one knows submissions like Bellator heavyweight Frank Mir.

The former UFC champion has broken the arms of Tim Sylvia and Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira, submitted Brock Lesnar with a kneebar, and choked Cheick Kongo completely unconscious in a little over a minute.

So his testimony in a case involving Las Vegas police officer Kenneth Lopera, who stands accused of fatally choking out Tashii Farmer, also known as Tashii Brown. Lopera’s police union doesn’t believe the chokehold caused Brown’s death and rather attributes it to an enlarged heart and drugs in his system during his struggle with Lopera.

While the exact nature of Mir’s testimony remains secret, a local news station reports Detective Steve Grammas with the Las Vegas Police Protective Association says Mir saw the video evidence and quickly came to Lopera’s defense (via MMA Mania):

“When he did that one of his first reactions to me was, Steve, there is no way this guy killed the suspect involved. There’s no way.”

An autopsy report determined cause of death to be asphyxia due to police restraint procedures and other significant conditions included methamphetamine intoxication and (enlarged heart).

The choke Lopera used on Brown was considered a low-level use of force prior to the incident but has since been moved up to the intermediate-level use of force.

Mir most recently fell in his return fight against Fedor Emelianenko at Bellator 198 following a two-year USADA suspension.

Prior to that, Mir had an illustrious if somewhat inconsistent career in the UFC where he was known for his ruthless submissions, where he would break a bone without flinching if his opponent didn’t tap.

Mir himself is a life-long Las Vegas resident.

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Watch: Alexander Emelianenko Knocks Out Former UFC Title Challenger

Just a week removed from Fedor Emelianenko’s emphatic 48-second knockout victory over former UFC champion Frank Mir, Fedor’s brother Alexander followed suit with a knockout over a UFC veteran too. Emelianenko took on Gabriel Gonzaga in his native Russia on Friday (May 4, 2018), and overcame early adversity to score a knockout in the second […]

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Just a week removed from Fedor Emelianenko’s emphatic 48-second knockout victory over former UFC champion Frank Mir, Fedor’s brother Alexander followed suit with a knockout over a UFC veteran too.

Emelianenko took on Gabriel Gonzaga in his native Russia on Friday (May 4, 2018), and overcame early adversity to score a knockout in the second round.

Gonzaga was working his top game on a grounded Emelianenko for most of the first frame, but a flurry of punches followed by a knee put the UFC veteran away a round later.

Watch the big stoppage here:

This was Gonzaga’s first fight since leaving the UFC following a knockout loss to Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis in 2016.

The elder Emelianenko brother has now rattled off a four-fight win streak since returning to competition last year after his release from prison.

Both Emelianenko brothers made their name in Japan’s Pride FC promotion, with Aleks scoring brutal knockouts over James Thompson and Sergei Kharitonov.

Would you like to see Alexander Emelianenko signed to a major promotion?

Perhaps Scott Coker will consider bringing him into Bellator, where fights with Roy “Big Country” Nelson and Mir, and potential rematches with Mirko Cro Cop and Kharitonov could await him.

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