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    Monday, 22 March 2021

    Dejan Lovren engaged in MMA fight but tapped out

    Dejan Lovren swapped football for MMA this weekend


    The former Liverpool defender and Premier League winner didn't have a game this weekend - so he swapped football for the octagon as he took on former UFC star and ex-special forces cop Mirko Filipovic.

    Lovren was forced to tap out by the cage fighting legend Mirko Filipovic - known as Mirko Cro Cop because of his past work tackling terrorists.

    But to his regard, the Premier League winner managed to go 50 seconds before he was beaten by a brutal arm bar from the former anti-terrorist special forces cop.

    Lovren, now captain of Zenit St Petersburg, didn't have a game this weekend so he decided to engage in some unusual training as he prepared for Croatia's upcoming World Cup Qualifiers.

    But the friendly spar saw Lovren thrown to the ground before eventually having to tap out against his compatriot - with 1980s hit the Lambada bizarrely playing in the background.

    Lovren shared footage of the match-up on Instagram , writing: "Had this morning a short training session against @crocop1009.

    "What a beast this man still is. Was a big pleasure Mirko. Thank you."

    Filipovic, 46, retired from mixed martial arts in 2019 after winning 38 of his 52 fights with the UFC, Pride, Bellator and Rizin promotions.

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