It appears that Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic's return to MMA last December, despite announcing his retirement in October of 2011 was not just a one-off bout. Cro Cop now appears to have a fight with Alexander Emelianenko, brother of Fedor, lined up in Moscow later this year.
The news comes via Croatian outlet FightSite.hr via Filipovic's manager Orsat Zovko, also the promoter of CroCop’s ‘Final Fight’ kickboxing show in Zagreb.
Apparently the rematch will take place in October or November under the banner of the new Russian promotion ‘Legend’, which recently staged its first event, headlined by Badr Hari and Zabit Samedov.
"After winning the K-1 WGP title, we had offers coming from all over the world, from Brazilians who were one of the most determined, to Japan, U.S. and Europe. My suggestion to Mirko, after winning his first K-1 WGP title was that he takes a good two months rest before we even think about next match," Zovko is quoted as saying.
The two fought in August of 2004 with Mirko scoring a head kick knockout.