Mirko Cro Cop has rejoined the UFC

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Legendary heavyweight striker Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic is once again headed back to the Octagon.

Mirko Cro Cop has rejoined the UFC

Ultimate Fighting Championship officials Tuesday confirmed that Filipovic has inked a new deal with the UFC.   This coming just weeks after his TKO victory against gold medalist Satoshi Ishii, and a few days after Bellator MMA President Scott Coker expressed interest in signing the 2006 Pride Open Weight Grand Prix Champion.

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In a post on his official website, Filipovic stated that he expects to fight in April, though a date was not specified.

A former Pride star, Filipovic first joined the UFC in 2007 but exited just seven months later after dropping two of his three fights. Cro Cop returned in 2009 for a seven-bout stint which ended in 2011 after consecutive losses to Frank Mir, Brendan Schaub and Roy Nelson.

Since his last UFC departure, the 40-year-old has split his time between mixed martial arts and kickboxing. He holds a 3-1 MMA record over the past two years, including a pair of stoppage wins over Japanese prospect Satoshii Ishii under the Inoki Genome Fight banner, as well as winning the 2012 K-1 World Grand Prix.

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