Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic file photo: Sherdog.com
According to major Croatian news portal Index.hr, Saturday’s
119 headliner between Frank Mir and
“Cro Cop” Filipovic could be in serious jeopardy. However,
sources close to the bout say the report is without merit and that
the bout will take place as planned.
"Cro cop is fine. Rumor is not true," UFC President Dana White
posted to his Twitter account on Friday.
Croatia’s largest and one of its most accredited news sites states
that the native kickboxer, who turned 36 a week ago, sustained a
severe eye injury during his final sparring session on Friday. “Cro
Cop” has been preparing for the Mir bout with regular training
Kolakusic, Ivan Hippolyte and Dean Lister in
The Index.hr report also states that Filipovic had already
consulted several eye specialists in his home country but was
unable to obtain their clearance to fight. The popular knockout
artist is scheduled to depart for Indianapolis this Sunday before
squaring off against Mir on Sept. 25 at the Conseco Fieldhouse.
Nokaut.com, an MMA news site with strong ties to Filipovic, called
the report false, and said it has training footage of the
Croatian's final training session with no hint of an injury having
“Cro Cop” had only replaced fellow Pride Fighting Championships
Rodrigo Nogueira as Mir’s opponent a month ago.
This item was updated at 4:02 p.m. ET to add information
reported by Nokaut.com and White's Twitter account.
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