The MMA world has received some surprising news today, as it looks like the legendary Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has announced he’s retired…
If your a fan of the feared striker, then you know that “Cro Cop” is scheduled to battle Anthony Hamilton at UFC Fight Night 79 on November 21st in Seoul. Well, according to a post on his official Facebook page, and the translated version at his website, Mirko Filipovic.com, a serious shoulder injury has prompted him to retire.
Here is some of what has been posted on the Croatian star’s website:
Dear friends, unfortunately I had to cancel the fight in Seoul. In the beginning of the preparation I already hurt my shoulder, so I couldn’t raise a hand. I tried to save a shoulder injury and repair in all possible ways: daily therapy, injections of blood plasma and various cocktails of drugs but didn’t work out. The only cure would be a break of two to three weeks, and that I could not afford in the midst of final preparations. By daily trainings the injury gets worse. Part of the muscle is snapped, the shoulder is filled with a lot of fluids, and the great danger is that tendon ruptures and then go to operation again…
…People of course see only one side of the medal, material things, and for the passion, pain, blood and tears no one asks or cares, but it is so in life. Now it’s two in the morning, and I can not fall asleep, I tinkling thoughts and swirling my career in front of my eyes. I am aware that I have come to the end of my martial times, but training with pain I want no longer. My body is battered by countless trainings, I collected nine operations, the body has become prone to injury, after each workout I put ice on my knee operated on because it’s filled with fluid, therapies twice a week. The next fight would be 80th professional and that is a lot, especially in the competition: K-1, Pride, IGF, UFC. The biggest problem will be my adaptation to “civilian life”, without two workouts a day and the eternal journey around the world, and that whouldn’t fall so hard. I will train as long as I live because it’s my life, but not at this rate and I’m glad in some way.
This is not a temporary decision because I was unhappy due to all of that, but it’s my final decision and it’s best for me….Thanks to everyone who followed me and supported me, but for me there remains beautiful memories. Greetings!
So, unless there’s been some big miscommunication here, or an outright fraudulent post, it certainly looks like the legend’s decided to hang up the gloves.
This comes several months after “Cro Cop” returned to the UFC earlier this year, and recorded a memorable, stoppage win over Gabriel Gonzaga. The 41 year-old fighter exited from the UFC in 2011, but went 3-1 in MMA action and re-signed with the promotion.
Filipovic transitioned into MMA back in 2001, and the decorated kickboxer went on to become one of the biggest stars in the sport, and PRIDE Grand Prix champ. During his near, 15 year long MMA career, “Cro Cop” put together a record of 31-11-2.
As this is being written, the UFC has not made any announcement regarding Filipovic’s withdrawal or apparent retirement. UFC FN 79 will feature Benson Henderson taking on welterweight contender Thiago Alves in the main event.