Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic is out of the UFC Fight Night 79 co-main event in Seoul, and appears to be finished fighting, as well.
Cro Cop posted the news on his Facebook page on Monday, stating, “I had to unfortunately cancel the contest in Seoul,” meaning his Nov. 28 bout with Anthony Hamilton in Seoul, South Korea.
The former Pride Open Weight Grand Prix champion said that he injured his shoulder and, try as he might, was unsuccessful in utilizing various treatments to rehabilitate the injury in time to save the fight. He tried “daily therapies of blood plasma and various cocktails of drugs,” but none worked. He couldn’t afford the prescribed two to three weeks of rest in the middle of camp and still be prepared to face Hamilton.
Aside from pulling out of the fight with Hamilton, Cro Cop also sounds as if he is pulling the plug on his career… again.
“I am aware that I have come to the end of his martial training,” said Cro Cop, adding that he has been through numerous operations over the course of his career and that his body has become more and more prone to injury.
Having fought at a high level in both kickboxing and mixed martial arts since the mid-1990s, Cro Cop has roughly 80 bouts under his belt. Aside from his recent fights for the UFC, he spent the majority of his career competing in Pride Fighting Championships and K-1. He competed against the likes of Fedor Emelianenko, Wanderlei Silva, Josh Barnett, Junior dos Santos, Frank Mir, Kevin Randleman, and many, many others.
Cro Cop briefly retired from mixed martial arts following a 2011 loss to Roy Nelson, but returned a little over a year later to fight in Japan. He returned to the UFC earlier this year with a victory over Gabriel Gonzaga, but after having to pull out of the fight with Hamilton, it sounds as if Cro Cop is satisfied with his accomplishments, and is unwilling to continue the assault on his health.
“Sooner or later comes a time when a man has only his health,” Cro Cop said. “I really had a long and rich career and I believe I left a deep mark in the martial arts.”
(Quotes are loose translations from Croation via Google Translator)