Yes, you read that right. Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic submitted Pay Barry in the co-main event of UFC 115 last night in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
"Cro Cop" has made no secret about his intentions going into a fight.
The Croatian kick boxer loves to keep a fight standing for as long as possible due to his passionate love for kicking and punching his opponents.
The end of the fight, however, was as unexpected as Rick James slapping Charlie Murphy in the face. (look up season two of the Chapelle Show and you might get that)
Filipovic slapped on a rear naked choke when he had Pat Barry in control against the fence, pulling off his first legitimate submission since 2004.
"Who'd have thought that he would win submission of the night tonight," Dana White asked at the post fight press conference.
Perhaps it was the incredible amount of respect that Pat Barry had for his hero/UFC 115 opponent that led to a submission opening?
Mirko doesn't think so.
"No, not at all. Especially not in the first round," said Filipovic. "I sat twice on my ass. I don't think you can call that respect. He wanted to beat me, of course."
Looking ahead, what is next for Mirko "Cro Cop?" The UFC president answered for the Croatian sensation.
"Mirko has said…that he wants to finish his career here," said White.
Even though he finished his opponent by submission, don't expect Mirko to be a jiu-jitsu ace at heavyweight.
What you can expect from him is to be involved with the UFC for a least one more contractual period.
"Definitely, I will stick around in [the] UFC…fighting or not," answered Mirko when asked questions about his future.
While some feel that Filipovic's days as a competitive fighter are behind him, last night showed that he still has some fire left in that 35-year-old heart of his.
Given that he'll receive another fight contract, MMA fan buzz has already begun to point fingers at opponents like Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira when talking about Mirko's next bout.
The two previously faced each other in 2003 during the the hay day of Pride.
The fight was being absolutely controlled by "Cro Cop" for the duration of the first round before being submitted by "Big Nog" halfway through the second round.
A part two between "Cro Cop" and Nogueira would be a treat for fans of all generations due to the legendary status of both fighters and the history between the two.
The culmination of that fight, however, is up to matchmaker Joe Silva, Dana White and the rest of UFC brass.
Will they make it happen? Only time will tell.
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