The MMA community got quite the scare this afternoon when the typically reliable Croatian news site, Index.hr, posted a report suggesting Mirko Cro Cop had suffered a serious eye injury during his final training session in Croatia and may not make the trip to Indianapolis to headline UFC 119 next weekend.
Fortunately, it turned out to be a false alarm when several MMA journalists including Sherdog’s Loretta Hunt confirmed that Cro Cop was fine and the injury report wasn’t accurate.
According to major Croatian news portal Index.hr, Saturday’s UFC 119 headliner between Frank Mir and Mirko “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.
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 transpired.
Dana White also confirmed the rumor was false on his Twitter account. And if that’s not enough to convince you Cro Cop is fine, Pat Barry was happy to call up his good friend and get word straight from Mirko himself.
CroCop is A-OK! I called him!!! Hahhhhhhhhhh, we’re friends!!!
Ha, I totally get a kick out of that for some reason. Pat Barry, love that guy…
Image via Sherdog
Update: It turns out there was a little truth to the Index.hr report. Cro Cop told Sportal.hr (translated via MMABay) he did get hit in the eye, but it wasn’t serious enough to stop him from fighting Frank Mir next weekend.
“I got hit in the eye, but nothing scary. This isn’t the first nor the last punch like that. It won’t stop me from traveling to fight, and to fight next Saturday against Frank Mir.”
Update 2: In a conversation with Fighters Only, Cro Cop added that a doctor advised him to pull out of the fight and rest his eye for a minimum of two weeks, but he made a commitment to the UFC and intends to keep it. For the record, the original Index.hr report only questioned if Cro Cop would be able to fight based on news of the injury and his visit with the doctor, so technically, their report wasn’t false after all.