It wasn’t as good as scoring a head kick knockout, but Mirko Cro Cop still got a satisfying measure of revenge to kick off his third stint in the UFC on Saturday, as he stopped Gabriel Gonzaga in the third round of the UFC Fight Night main event at Tauron Arena in Kraków, Poland.
The bout was a rematch of an April 2007 match won by Gonzaga in which he “Cro Cropped Cro Cop” via head kick knockout. Eight years later, the Croatian star got even.
Gonzaga opened the scoring with a couple right hands that forced Cro Cop to backpedal out of trouble. There was little offense from Cro Cop in the opening half of the round, and as the second half opened, Gonzaga nabbed his first takedown. Gonzaga smoothly moved into the mount position, but the two wound up trading leg lock attempts before “Napao” settled into his opponent’s guard, remaining there for the rest of the round.
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