Former UFC heavyweight veterans Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic and Pat ‘Hype or Die’ Barry will square off at Glory 17 on June 21 in Los Angeles, California. The news was confirmed by Cro Cop’s manager Orsat Zovko just a day after Barry suffered a loss in his Glory debut (GIF here).
This could be seen as surprising news when comparing the pair’s roads to this main event contest, with Cro Cop losing a highly disputed decision in his last fight, while Barry lost a decisive, devastating knockout. Cro Cop’s loss snapped a ten fight winning streak in which he won the K-1 heavyweight tournament, and his status as a kickboxing legend was rebuffed by his impressive run since returning to the sport.
Barry, meanwhile, made a successful return to the sport in March before facing Zack Mwekassa in his Glory debut. After starting brightly, Barry was caught and knocked down in the middle of the first round, before a flurry of punches landed by Mwekassa ended with a devastating uppercut which caught Barry’s chin flush and ended the fight. The loss marked Barry’s fourth in his last six in kickboxing, and took his total of knockout losses to four in under two years in both kickboxing and MMA combined.
Cro Cop and Barry fought in an entertaining war at UFC 115, under MMA rules, with Barry knocking the Croatian down on multiple occasions before the experience and ground advantage of Cro Cop took its toll. Filipovic took the fight to the mat in the third round and worked on a rear naked choke which won the fight and, as a result, Submission of the Night honours.
Under kickboxing rules, this fight could be very interesting after seeing Barry outwork Filipovic on the feet at UFC 115. However, this fight would be over four years ago by the time the pair face off, and Filipovic has improved impeccably since the first bout, especially in the physical aspect.