For those of you who have been going through “Right leg hospital; left leg cemetery” withdrawal, your day is about to get a whole lot brighter.

Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic is on his way back to the UFC after more than a three-year hiatus from the promotion.

Rumors had begun to circulate that Filipovic was on his way to Bellator MMA, but the UFC wasn’t going to let their biggest competition sign him up. Bloody Elbow was the first to break the news.

Cro Cop was brought into the UFC in 2007 with the intentions of having him fight Randy Couture for the heavyweight championship. Filipovic disposed of Eddie Sanchez in under one round in his debut in February 2007.  He was then matched up against Gabriel Gonzaga in a no. 1 contender bout that went horribly wrong.

Most in the MMA community believed Cro Cop would use his trademark kicks to set up the superfight between him and Couture. What ended up happening was one of the greatest head kick knockouts in UFC history—but Cro Cop was on the wrong end of the kick.

Filipovic would go on to have mixed success in the UFC. After the Gonzaga bout, Cro Cop went 3-5 in two separate stints with the promotion. More recently, Cro Cop has won his last three bouts to get him back on track.

There has not yet been given a timeframe for Cro Cop’s return to the Octagon. Be sure to check back to The MMA Corner to get the latest news as it develops.

 

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