Ex-Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren takes on MMA star Mirko 'CroCop' and is forced to tap out after vicious arm bar

FORMER Liverpool star Dejan Lovren swapped hauling strikers to the ground for a wrestle with MMA star Mirko 'CroCop'.

However, the Croatian hardman came unstuck against his experienced opponent as their friendly spar ended in Lovren tapping out.

The entertaining match-up ended with a brutal arm bar forcing the 31-year-old footballer to quit.

Lovren shared footage of his venture into the octagon on Instagram.

He wrote: "Had this morning a short training session against @crocop1009.

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

Fellow Croat and UFC veteran Mirko 'CroCop' Filipovic retired from MMA in 2019.

The legendary brawler, 46, called it a day after a health scare following a stroke.

He ended his career with ten straight wins and only suffered two defeats in a total of 52 fights.

The Cop chalked up 38 victories in total, drawing 11 bouts with one no-contest.


Lovren joined Zenit St Petersburg last year for £12million but engaged in some unusual fitness work without a fixture this week.

The defender is preparing for Croatia's upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against Slovenia, Cyprus and Malta.

To his credit, Lovren – who would probably line-up as a middleweight if he gave MMA a go – managed 50 seconds in the grapple with a seasoned pro.

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