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September 18, 2010, 07:34 PM
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Dana White: "Cro Cop" injured but cleared, en route to Indianapolis for UFC 119

ROSEMEAD, Calif. ??? UFC 119 headliner Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, in fact, did suffer an eye injury, but he's been cleared to fight, and next week's main-event bout with Frank Mir is good to go.

That's the word from UFC president Dana White, who today spoke to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) about the injury.

On Friday White shot down Croatian news reports that an eye injury might force the heavyweight fighter out of the Sept. 25 headliner and called them "untrue." However, Filipovoc did suffer an injury ??? at the most inopportune time.

"His last day of sparring ??? the last 10 minutes of the last day of sparring ??? he got poked in the eye," said White, who was in Rosemead, Calif., for the latest UFC Gym opening. "But he's seen an opthamologist; he's seen everybody."

And White assured that Filipovic, who's actually an injury replacement for Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, has been cleared to fight.

"Cro Cop, he's already on the plane now or has already landed in Indianapolis," White said on Saturday afternoon. "He's fine. He's fighting."

UFC 119 takes place at Indianapolis' Conseco Fieldhouse, and the night's main card airs on pay-per-view.

Filipovic (27-7-2 MMA, 4-3 UFC), a former PRIDE star who's now in his second stint with the UFC, looks to improve upon his recent and impressive 5-1 run. The only loss during the stretch came to current top UFC contender Junior Dos Santos, and Filipovic immediately rebounded from the defeat with stoppage wins over Anthony Perosh at UFC 110 and Pat Barry at UFC 115.

Mir, a former UFC heavyweight champion, is just 1-2 since an initial win over Nogueira, which marked the Brazilian fighter's first-ever stoppage loss. The recent stretch includes knockout losses to Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin and a submission win over Cheick Kongo. The Carwin loss, which came at UFC 111 in March with an interim title on the line, marks his most recent outing.
September 18, 2010  07:35 PM ET

it is funny how they try to sound like Cro Cop is the favorite...

September 18, 2010  08:56 PM ET

Mir probably had someone hurt him just so me wouldn't lose to Cro Cop.

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September 20, 2010  01:35 PM ET

I don't think those are excuses. If he comes with a black eye, how is it an excuse? Do you think he paid for someone to punch him right before he flies to US? Come on, now Jim!

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September 20, 2010  02:05 PM ET

Alright guys, before you jump the gun, realize that there are excuses and then there are reasons.

I have fought hurt, and I can tell you that it makes an absolutely giant difference in how you perform. I know, Goldie and Rogan will remind you that "no one in this sport ever fights at 100%, not as hard as they train."

So yes, if Cro Cop loses this fight, he will have TONS of reasons why he didn't perform at 100%. They will be real, and they will be relevent to his performance. To me, the difference is how the fighter handles it.

If he says "Yeah, I trained hard and I got tagged in the eye in sparring. I came out here and gave 100% of what I had, but it really affected me in the fight."

If he says,"Ahh, its garbage! I came in here and fought but I was hurt, and that is why I lost. I could beat his **** if I wasn't hurt, I am still better than you. This doesn't prove anything."

Cro Cop has always been one for the former, not the latter. Tito, he is more inclined to the latter.

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September 20, 2010  03:35 PM ET
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Alright guys, before you jump the gun, realize that there are excuses and then there are reasons.I have fought hurt, and I can tell you that it makes an absolutely giant difference in how you perform. I know, Goldie and Rogan will remind you that "no one in this sport ever fights at 100%, not as hard as they train."So yes, if Cro Cop loses this fight, he will have TONS of reasons why he didn't perform at 100%. They will be real, and they will be relevent to his performance. To me, the difference is how the fighter handles it.If he says "Yeah, I trained hard and I got tagged in the eye in sparring. I came out here and gave 100% of what I had, but it really affected me in the fight."If he says,"Ahh, its garbage! I came in here and fought but I was hurt, and that is why I lost. I could beat his **** if I wasn't hurt, I am still better than you. This doesn't prove anything."Cro Cop has always been one for the former, not the latter. Tito, he is more inclined to the latter.

I completely agree with you on that.

Cro Cop always been a class act. I don't think this changing.

I want to see what excise will Jim say if Cro Cop KTFO's Mir on the first round....

September 20, 2010  03:39 PM ET
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I want to see what excise will Jim say if Cro Cop KTFO's Mir on the first round....

I agree.

I still think despite age and size, this is a terrific stylistic matchup Mirko.

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September 20, 2010  04:50 PM ET
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Roni, you know my thoughts on Mir, so my opinion is not biased. Can Cro Cop win? Sure. Will he? Thats another question. I just don't think he will. Mir has better standup than most give him credit for, and the size difference will be a big factor. Mir will have 30 lbs on Cro Cop. I see Mir overwhelming him, getting him down and finishing the fight.

Jim, that is what I can't see.
Mir does not have good takedowns, and Cro Cop has fantastic TDD. So how will Mir do it?
I disagree people don't give Mir credit for his standup. if anything that was all we spoke after his Nog fight and the Kongo.
The problem with Mir is that he can't take a punch, so i don't see him charging against one of the best strikers in the game.

Yes, Mirko might have lost a step or two, but he is still the superior striker between the two.

If I had to bet, I would bet on Mir, but If I had to analyze this fight, I don't see how you can claim this is all but lost for Cro Cop.

September 20, 2010  04:55 PM ET
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Jim, that is what I can't see.Mir does not have good takedowns, and Cro Cop has fantastic TDD. So how will Mir do it?I disagree people don't give Mir credit for his standup. if anything that was all we spoke after his Nog fight and the Kongo.The problem with Mir is that he can't take a punch, so i don't see him charging against one of the best strikers in the game.Yes, Mirko might have lost a step or two, but he is still the superior striker between the two.If I had to bet, I would bet on Mir, but If I had to analyze this fight, I don't see how you can claim this is all but lost for Cro Cop.

Remember Mir doesn't have to take Cro Cop down to win a decision. He can just push him against the cage and hold him there. And by holding him against the cage it will negate Cro Cops kicks.

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September 20, 2010  05:26 PM ET
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Fair enough... As long as you remember that after Mir loses I want to hear lots of excuses. One of those had better be that Mir was overwhelmed by the fact that Mirko is such a better actor than Arnold.

ROFLMAO!!!!

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