Mirko Cro Cop is famous for head kicks that knock out opponents and leave them wondering what just happened. At UFC 70 though, it was Gabriel Gonzaga who turned the tables on Cro Cop and used a devastating head kick to end the bout.
This was Cro Cop's second bout in the UFC after knocking out Eddie Sanchez at UFC 67 just two months prior. This fight was a heavyweight title eliminator and was the closest Cro Cop ever came to UFC gold.
Gonzaga threw one punch and just then Gonzaga thought, "What the heck? Why not try a head kick?" Just like that Cro Cop was on the wrong end of a head kick and left on the ground dazed and seeing stars.
The video puts heavy emphasis on Cro Cop's ankle. Cro Cop only suffered a little injury to his ankle and a detached ligament in his knee. So Cro Cop got away with just minor injuries.
After this fight Cro Cop would go on and face Cheick Kongo where he lost by unanimous decision. Cro Cop would then go on to fight three fights in Japan after the Kongo fight before his return to the UFC at UFC 99.
Since this fight against Gonzaga, Cro Cop is 5-4 with one no contest. His last two fights have been knockout losses to Brendan Schaub and Frank Mir. Since returning to the UFC, Cro Cop is 3-3.
Gonzaga's journey is a lot different. Gonzaga was 8-1 with this win over Cro Cop. Since this bout though Gonzaga has fought for the UFC heavyweight title against Randy Couture and lost by TKO in round three.
The bigger story here though is that Gonzaga is 3-5 since this fight and was released from the UFC following his second straight loss when he lost to Schaub. Gonzaga now holds a record of 11-6.
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