Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has pulled out of his fight against Anthony Hamilton at UFC Fight Night 79, November 28th in South Korea. After hurting his shoulder in the beginning stages of preparation for the fight and with ongoing injuries, he has made the decision to announce his retirement from the sport.
“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.”
Mirko Filipović has led a long career in promotions such as K-1, Pride and The UFC, spanning back to 2001. Very recently he made his return back to the UFC in April 2015 and avenged his loss in a rematch against Gabriel Gonzaga in Poland. His upcoming fight against Anthony Hamilton would have made it his 80th professional fight. But with recurring injuries, operations and age, it has all become too much to bare.
“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.”
“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. Sooner or later the time comes when a man has to think on the health. I had a really long and great career and I believe I left a deep mark in the martial arts, in a free fight and in K-1 and I have no regrets. Thanks to everyone who followed me and supported me, but for me there remains beautiful memories. Greetings!”