Cro Cop vs. Gonzaga II Headlines UFC’s Debut in Poland

Written by Tom Ngo
January 23rd, 2015

UFC Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic

The rematch that nobody asked for is going to headline the UFC’s debut show in Poland. On Friday, the UFC announced Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (pictured) will get a chance to avenge his 2007 defeat to Gabriel Gonzaga on April 11.

The sequel comes 10 days shy of the eight-year anniversary of Gonzaga’s upset special over Filipovic. It was Filipovic’s second UFC bout when he got a taste of his own medicine by eating head kick KO courtesy of the Brazilian.

Filipovic’s UFC career went downhill from there and he temporarily retired after going a disappointed 4-6 stretch inside the octagon. The kickboxer returned to MMA a year after leaving to UFC, fighting mostly in Japan.

The 40-year-old has won three of his last four fights and was re-signed by the UFC on Tuesday.

Gonzaga is looking to snap his two-fight losing skid. After dropping a unanimous decision to Stipe Miocic last January, the former heavyweight top contender was TKO’d by Matt Mitrione just last month.

Light heavyweights Jan Blachowicz and Jimi Manuwa will co-headline the event.

Krakow Arena in Krakow, Lesser, Poland serves as host. UFC Fight Pass will stream the entire card live in America.

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