Bellator turned plenty of heads this week by announcing it has signed none other than Kimbo Slice, and it the promotion apparently isn’t finished in this respect.
Following Bellator 132 last night in Temecula, the promotion’s president Scott Coker confirmed that he’s been in talks with Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. That’s right, the feared, Croatian striker, who left the UFC in 2011 after losing three straight fights.
According to a report from MMA Junkie.com, Coker relayed the following about “Cro Cop”, and Bellator’s interest in signing the heavyweight star.
“We’ve had several discussions,” Coker said. “I’m not sure to what extent he’s ready to come to America and fight, but we’ve had some conversations.”
“Definitely,” Coker stated. “If you saw how good he looked in Japan, it was pretty impressive. So we’re going to continue to see how things go. But these things take time sometimes, and we’ll see.”
Coker was referring to “Cro Cop’s” recent stoppage win over Satoshi Ishii, which took place at a New Year’s Eve event in Japan. The win extended Filipovic’s post-UFC, MMA run to 3-1.
Now of course, the 40 year-old “Cro Cop” isn’t the force he was ten years ago, but the heavyweight has had some success as of late. So, in other words, it’s not surprising to hear that Bellator’s interested in bringing Filipovic on board, sine he’ll bring plenty of eyes to SPIKE.
It’s also worth noting that Filipovic has gone 7-1 in kickboxing action, after leaving the UFC.
In the main event of Bellator 132, featherweight champ Patricio “Pitbull” came from behind to score a fourth round, submission win over Daniel Straus.