Mirko Cro Cop retires following RIZIN victory

Mirko “Cro Cop” will be going out on top.

The MMA-great announced his retirement days after winning the RIZIN Open-Weight Grand Prix in an interview with NOVA TV (translated by Croatia Week).

“That was definitely my last tournament. I have health problems and this is definitely the end of my career,” said Cro Cop. “I know I have announced my retirement before, but this is definitely it.”

The 42-year-old previously announced his retirement in November 2015, months after avenging his loss to Gabriel Gonzaga at UFN 64. He ended up coming out of retirement, however, to fight in the RIZIN Open-Weight Grand Prix.

Cro Cop will exit the game on a seven-fight win streak that includes four stoppage victories to win the RIZIN Open-Weight Grand Prix. In addition to his 49-fight career, he also amassed a 23-8 professional kickboxing record against some of the best in the world and is known for his lethal head kicks.


Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.


  • No comments

Leave a comment

You must be logged in to leave comments.