Gonzaga took Filipovic down several times during the bout, and from there, he controlled the action and punished the latter with strikes. As the two were clinched up against the fence in round three, however, “Cro Cop” wobbled Gonzaga with a couple of hard elbows.
Gonzaga flopped to his back, in an effort to recover, but “Cro Cop” kept pouring down elbows and punches that split the heavyweight wide open. After several hard shots, Gonzaga turned over, and the referee brought the beating to a halt.
With the win, “Cro Cop” ended a three fight losing streak in the Octagon, and pushed his overall record to 31-11-2. It was the 40 year-old fighter’s third straight, MMA win.
Gonzaga (16-10), meanwhile, has lost three consecutive bouts. In 2007, Gonzaga stunned the MMA world by knocking out “Cro Cop” with a head kick at UFC 70.
Here are the results for UFC FN 64, which was hosted by the Krakow Arena in Poland.
Mirko “Cro Cop” def. Gabriel Gonzaga via TKO (elbows and punches) R3, 3:30
Jimi Manuwa def. Jan Blachowicz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Pawel Pawlak def. Sheldon Westcott via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Maryna Moroz def. Joanne Calderwood via submission (armbar) R1, 1:30
Leon Edwards def. Seth Baczynski via KO (punches) R1, 0:08
Bartosz Fabinski def. Garreth McLellan via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Sergio Moraes def. Mickael Lebout via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Yaotzin Meza def. Damian Stasiak via unanimous decision(30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Anthony Hamilton def. Daniel Omielanczuk via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
Aleksandra Albu def. Izabela Badurek via Submission (Guillotine Choke) R2 3:34
Steven Ray def. Marcin Bandel via TKO (Punches) R2 1:35
Taylor Lapilus def. Rocky Lee via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)