Report: ‘Cro Cop’ Set to Make Bellator Debut in Rematch with Roy Nelson

Set once again to make his Bellator
MMA
debut will be Mirko “Cro
Cop” Filipovic
, who will meet Roy Nelson
this coming February in a rematch of their 2011
Ultimate Fighting Championship
bout.

According to a report on ESPN, Filipovic (37-11-2-1) will be facing
Roy
Nelson
(23-16) at Bellator 217 on Feb. 16 at the Mohegan Sun in
Connecticut. The two first met at UFC 137 in 2011, where Nelson won
by third round technical knockout, and were originally slated to
face each other again at Bellator 200 before Filipovic withdrew due
to a knee injury.

“Cro Cop” has been on tear since leaving the UFC in 2011, going
10-1 and currently riding a career-high 9 fight win streak, with
all nine of those wins by stoppage. Winner of the 2016 Rizin World
Grand Prix, “Cro Cop” dominated the competition by dispatching four
foes in just over three months, finishing the likes of former
Strikeforce
light heavyweight champion Muhammed
Lawal
and massive sumo competitor Kaido
Hoovelson
along the way. The last person to knock out “Cro
Cop”? His upcoming foe, Nelson.

Nelson has had a bit of a rocky stretch since he left the UFC,
going 1-2 inside the Bellator cage. Most recently, the incredibly
durable “Big Country” was knocked out for only the third time in
his career by Sergei
Kharitonov
a month ago. When in the UFC, Nelson scored the most
“Knockout of the Night” bonuses of any heavyweight with four.

Bellator 217 will take place on Feb. 16 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in
Uncasville, CT. Headlining the card will be the long-anticipated
showdown between Michael
Page
and Paul Daley as
part of the Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix. Additionally,
former Bellator champ Vitaly
Minakov
will be facing Cheick Kongo
in a heavyweight title eliminator bout.

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