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Video: Mirko Cro Cop Gets Cheap-Shotted at K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16

(Props: OneStopMMASpot via BloodyElbow)

On Sunday at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2012 Final 16 event in Tokyo, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic learned the hard way that not everyone in the fight business is as sweet as Pat Barry. During the third round of his match against American kickboxer Randy Blake, Cro Cop threw a questionable uppercut at Blake, who was getting to his feet after slipping to the mat. This did not make Randy Blake very happy. The action was called back in, and when Cro Cop moved in to apologize, Blake fired a straight right that put the 38-year-old Croatian on his ass. For the last time: Protect yourself at all times, especially when you’ve just pissed off a former star of the World Combat League.

The moment was reminiscent of Floyd Mayweather‘s controversial stoppage of Victor Ortiz last September, but unlike Ortiz, Cro Cop was able to dust himself off and fight until the last bell, earning a majority decision victory. With the win, Cro Cop qualifies for a spot in the eight-man 2012 Grand Prix Finals bracket, December 26th at Madison Square GardenĀ in New York City, where he hopefully won’t be trying any more of this nice-guy crap.

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2Dogs- October 17, 2012 at 6:39 am
that was bullshit...glad Mirko got the win...great restrain on his part.
streetsoulja31- October 16, 2012 at 7:14 am
He pulled a Mayweather on Ortiz and hit him while he was apologizing. What a douche
Mr_Misanthropy- October 15, 2012 at 5:15 pm
Proteck ya neck! Then diversify yo bonds.
danomite- October 15, 2012 at 10:46 am
anybody else wish K-1 would adopt smaller gloves? I'm sure its possible to get MMA sized gloves that conceal the fingers the way a boxing glove does. I think defense in kickboxing relies too much on covering your head with those giant-ass gloves.
JUDOknowSHIT- October 15, 2012 at 9:09 am
at least he didn't go to sleep... i miss the old cro cop. sadface.
macreadysshack- October 15, 2012 at 8:48 am
Mirko took that cross like a boss. He took it like a spanking he knew he deserved.
Fried Taco- October 15, 2012 at 8:44 am
He can't really complain, what is he going to say? Hey, I apologized after my cheap shot, and he didn't?