In an apparent attempt to steal some clicks, the normally reliable Croatian website Index.hr reported Friday that Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic had suffered an eye injury while training and couldn’t obtain medical clearance for his September 25th scrap with Frank Mir.
Here is what the site posted earlier today:
“Mirko Filipovic may have suffered a serious eye injury in his last training session before flying to Indianapolis.
Sources close to the team claim the injury is of a serious nature and could put his UFC 119 with Frank Mir in jeopardy. Cro Cop has allegedly seen by a series of specialist and it’s still unclear whether or not he will travel to the United States for the bout.
His flight to Indianapolis is scheduled for Sunday, six days before the bout with Mir.”
While MiddleEasy.com may have been gracious enough to translate the piece, it appears the report was completely bogus. With a few simple presses of the thumb, UFC president Dana White quickly dispelled the erroneous news.
“Cro cop is fine. Rumor is not true,” White tweeted.
UFC 119 will be jumping off inside the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. The heavyweight clash will headline the pay-per-view broadcast, regardless of Index.hr’s alleged trolling efforts.
Here is the roster that will participate in the Hoosier state:
Mark Hunt vs. Sean McCorkle
T.J. Grant vs. Julio Paulino
Steve Lopez vs. Waylon Lowe
Pat Audinwood vs. Thiago Tavares
(Spike TV 9PM ET/6PM PT)
Matt Mitrione vs. Joey Beltran
C.B. Dollaway vs. Joe Doerkson
Melvin Guillard vs. Jeremy Stephens
Evan Dunham and Sean Sherk
Matt Serra vs. Chris Lytle
Ryan Bader vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Frank Mir vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic