(When in Zagreb…)
Maybe now we know why Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has been reluctant to accept a rematch with Alistair Oveerem. Sure, he’s got that knee injury, and Overeem is the man who made it his personal mission to destroy Cro Cop’s testicles in their last meeting, but to add to his troubles Cro Cop recently lost his favorite cocaine-addicted sparring partner to an armed robbery arrest. That always happens at the worst times, doesn’t it?
According to a translation done by Robert at betwxx (via Brawl Sports), Mirko Borkovic (aw, cute, same first name!) was arrested in Zagreb as a “serial armed robber.” He’s charged with robbing twenty-five “betting agencies,” making off with over 250,000 Croation Kuna, a little over $45,000 in U.S. dollars.
Don’t worry though, it was just to finance his cocaine addiction, so it’s not like he’s a scumbag or anything. Apparently he did some time for possession in 2003, and said he used the drug as a performance-enhancer to aid his kickboxing training. My ex-girlfriend tried that same story. Six months into the relationship I realized she didn’t even have a gym membership. Or a job. And then I noticed my wallet was missing. But I digress.
Also snuck into the report is this little nugget about Cro Cop’s other associations these days:
Only a month earlier Cro Cop was forced to deny having sparred with Robert Matanic a local crime figure and suspect in the murder of Ivo Pukanica. In a interview with Nova TV, Cro Cop disassociated himself from Matanic claiming not to ever have met or sparred with Matanic.
In Cro Cop’s defense, roughly 80% of Croatians are involved in organized crime. You spar with enough people, eventually one of them is going to be a suspected murderer. Just kidding, Croatian readers. Please don’t murder me.
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