Sefo announced the matchup on Twitter (@SugarRaySefo) this past weekend.
- Some news for you all my fight with Mirko Cro-Cop has been confirmed for March 10th!!!
- The fight will be a K-1 rule fight, it’s held in Zagreb Croatia I’m told it’ll be in front of 25,000 people
- The promotion is called Fight Channel Promotions it’s a TV Network in Croatia, the fight will be K-1 rules…
This will be ‘Cro Cop’s first professional bout since retiring this fall from mixed martial arts following a third round TKO loss to Roy Nelson at UFC 137. “I was treated like a king from the beginning. It’s in my best interest that this is my farewell fight, thanks everybody.”
As a kickboxer, Filipović (16-7) had his last pro bout back in 2003 at a K-1 World Grand Prix event in Japan where he earned a first round knockout over Bob Sapp. After that, the Croatian fighter moved onto mixed martial arts and joined the PRIDE organization full time.
Sefo (56-21-1) has kept his career mainly in the ring fighting for K-1 for many years. His most recent bout took place in 2010 at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 in Seoul Final 16, where he took a fight against Tyrone Spong on ten days notice. He would lose that bout by decision.
‘Suga’ has tried his hand at mma, going 2-1 with a loss to Valentijn Overeem one year ago at the Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva event. Sefo, who was last seen in the corner of Vitor Belfort earlier this month in Brazil, had been unsure of his future as a fighter but it appears that a chance to face ‘Cro Cop’ was an offer he couldn’t refuse.
The event will be conducted under K-1 rules but is being organized by the Fight Channel, a Croatian TV station. The event is named “K-1 Final Fight” and is expected to take place at the Zagreb Arena, which holds 24,000. An official announcement is expected to take place on Tuesday at the Sheraton Zagreb hotel.