Fourty-two year old Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic turned back time as he won the 2016 Rizin open weight tournament in Japan tonight.
The Croatian heavyweight made quick work of Baruto Kaito before stopping former world champion wrestler Amir Aliakbari in the final. Just 48 hours earlier he secured a stoppage over Muhammad Lawal and earlier in the year started his tournament campaign with a submission over South Korean Hynh Man Myung.
Aliakbari progressed to the final with wins over Joao Almeida, Heath Herring and Valentin Moldavsky.
It’s just over 10 years since Filipovic secured the Pride openweight grand prix back in 2006.
The Rizin event took place at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan and was broadcast online via an online stream.
In notable non-tournament bouts Kron Gracie submitted Tatsuya Kawajiri with a second round submission while Hideo Tokoro secured an impressive armbar submission over Erson Yamamoto.