The black belt in tae-kwon-do and former K-1 and Pride champion Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic entered this fight with a pro record of 36-11-2 (92% finishing rate) and he is ranked as the No.19 heavyweight in the world. He suffered his last loss when he faced Alexey Oleinik in 2013 (Filipovic vs Oleinik), since then he has won eight consecutive bouts winning the 2016 Rizin Open-Weight Grand Prix tournament beating Amir Aliakbari in the final (Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic vs Amir Aliakbari) and, in 2017, he defeated Tsuyoshi Kohsaka.
His opponent, Roque Martinez, has an official mma record of 13-4-2 (69% finishing rate) and he entered as the No.90 in the same weight class. He lost to Kelvin Fitial in 2011 but since then he has collected eight victories and one draw defeating Jerome Le Banner (Jerome Le Banner vs Roque Martinez) and Kiyoshi Kuwabara in his last two. Cro Cop Filipovic vs Martinez is on the undercard of Tenshin Nasukawa vs Kyoji Horiguchi – Rizin 13. Watch the video and rate this fight!
Event: Rizin 13: Saitama
Where: Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan
Division: heavyweight (265 lbs, 120 kg)
Cro Cop’s next fight: Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic vs Roy Nelson 2
Cro Cop Filipovic vs Martinez full fight video:
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