Saturday, 18 September 2010

Cro Cop injured?

from mma junkie:

Rumors of Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic's possible scratch from next week's UFC 119 event aren't true, according to the UFC's head honcho.

A report from the Croatian site stated that Filipovic suffered an eye injury while training and couldn't get medical clearance for the upcoming fight.

However, in a
Twitter message, UFC president Dana White today stated Filipovic "is fine" and that the report "is not true."

UFC 119 takes place Sept. 25 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Filipovic (27-7-2 MMA, 4-3 UFC) vs. Mir (13-5 MMA, 11-5 UFC) headlines the pay-per-view portion of the show.

Filipovic, in fact, is an injury replacement for Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, who pulled out of the Mir fight in August to undergo surgery.

Although "Cro Cop" is good to go for next week's show, he recently hinted that his days as a fighter could be numbered. In a recent media call promoting the event, the PRIDE veteran hinted that
his retirement could come at anytime.

"I always tell people ... it could be any fight," Filipovic said. "I tell them it could be the last one. This is a hard sport, (and) this is a brutal sport, and any new injury – especially because I turned 36 a few days ago – would definitely take me out of competition. In my age, with my experience (and) so many fights on my back, it would be hard to start over again (with) some rehabilitation."

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