DREAM.5 just took another hit. Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic has withdrawn from DREAM.5 due to worsening injuries and DREAM’s failure to secure him a solid opponent. Cro Cop informed his fans of the news via his blog at MMA-ID.com.
unfortunately I have some bad news– I won’t be fighting at DREAM 5 at all. I was about to face Jerome LeBanner but he decided to fight in K1 against Schilt. Mighty Mo was the alternative and I accepted this challenge, but unfortunately Mighty Mo pulled off from the fight. I was ready to face Mo, but maybe this scenario wasn’t that bad for me at all and I’ll tell you why.
I’ve been having problems with my right elbow for years and the injury got even worse over last 6 months. I’m already receiving a proper treatment but the recovery won’t happen over night. The second problem is a knee injury, something that troubles me for quite a while. I had difficulties using my kicks and over last few weeks I focused more on boxing and grappling. I really wanted to fight on July 21 and I was even ignoring doctor’s suggestions, but now I’ve rached [sic] the point from which I can’t continue with my normal training regiment due to my injuries.
Cro Cop stated he is scheduled to have his knee scoped today and expects to be training again in a few weeks. If all goes well, Cro Cop plans on returning in September, hopefully against Alistair Overeem, who recently called him out and claimed Cro Cop was ducking him.