Legendary Croatian fighter Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipović has won the Rizin Openweight Grand Prix in Japan.
The 42-year-old former K-1 World Grand Prix champion and Pride 2006 Grand Prix champion beat former world champion Greco-Roman wrestler Amir Aliakbari in the final by knockout to claim the title.
Cro Cop wound the clock back to produce some vintage performances on the way to today’s final at the Super Saitama Arena in Japan.
The Croatian knocked out Baruto Kaito with a devastating knee to the body after just 50 seconds to win his semi-final, after beating King Mo by knockout in the opening round.
Along with the belt and trophy, Cro Cop took away the $300,000 prize money as well as a diamond and cystal encrusted watch.
Mirko Cro Cop finishes Amir Aliakbari to become the 2016 RIZIN openweight grand prix champion pic.twitter.com/86G2JPCoP4
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