It was eight years in the making, but Mirko Filipovic finally exacted revenge on rival Gabriel Gonzaga, and “Cro Cop” was awarded handsomely for his efforts.
The heavyweight main event of UFC Fight Night “Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop 2” was awarded “Fight of the Night” on Saturday at Krakow Arena in Krakow, Poland. Both men received an additional $50,000 on top of their purses.
Cro Cop struggled to get going against “Napao” in the first two rounds, but being behind on the cards -- as well as suffering a gruesome laceration near his left eye -- didn’t prevent the former Pride grand prix champ from turning up the attack and forcing a stoppage. A pair of devastating elbows rocked Gonzaga’s world, forcing referee Leon Roberts to stop the beating 3:30 into the third frame.
Maryna Moroz entered her bout with Joanne Calderwood as a huge underdog, but the undefeated strawweight contender popped Calderwood with a few nice punches and quickly moved in for a perfect armbar. Calderwood couldn’t free her right arm and was forced to tap in just 90 seconds. Moroz earned a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus in her UFC debut.
Finally, Leon Edwards came two ticks of the clock from setting a record when he walloped Seth Baczynski in just eight seconds, the second-fastest knockout in UFC welterweight history. A left hand dropped “The Polish Pistola,” and once Edwards followed that up with two more lefts, the fight was over, leaving “Rocky” $50,000 richer.