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CroCop Admits Something Bad Did Happen to His Eye, But Says It’s ‘Nothing Scary’


(Thanks to a traditional Croatian remedy, CroCop’s eye will be just fine. PicProps: Sportal.hr)

This week’s rumors that Mirko CroCop would withdraw from UFC 119 due to injury were indeed greatly exaggerated, but reports that the UFC and Pride vet suffered a mishap in training contain at least a modicum of truth, according to the fighter himself. CroCop told the Croatian sports website Sportal.hr on Saturday that he did take a blow to the eyeball while making final preparations for his fight with Frank Mir next weekend, but assured everyone it’s not something we need to worry our pretty little heads over.

“I got hit in the eye, but nothing scary,” CroCop said, with thanks to MMABay (or somebody) for the translation. “This isn’t the first nor the last punch like that. It won’t stop me from traveling to fight, and to fight next Saturday against Frank Mir.”


Well, phew. The false injury report is fast becoming one of MMA’s most annoying memes, especially when it comes from a newsgathering service with more credibility than say, some 15-year-old kid with a Bleacher Report account. In this instance, it was Index.hr – which we’ve been led to believe is one of Croatia’s largest and most respected new portals – reporting that CroCop would not be able to compete against Mir next Saturday.

The website, in fact, was fairly detailed in its claim that Cro Cop had been working out with “normal training partners Igor Kolakusic, Ivan Hippolyte and Dean Lister in Zagreb, Croatia” this week when the injury occurred. It also reported that the fighter visited several eye specialists, but was unable to get clearance to fight.

In the immediate wake of the story, UFC President Dana White took to his Twitter account to assure us all:  "Cro cop is fine. Rumor is not true."

Now it appears that the real, true truth is probably something in between. We’re going to assume that CroCop did get hurt, did go to the doctor (because frankly that seems like a weird detail for Indedx.hr to just make up), but that he’s well enough to fight.

Considering how tired and haggard he appeared during an interview with Joe Rogan during this week’s UFN 22 broadcast, we hope this injury will not affect him next weekend. He’s going to need all the help he can get against Mir.

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jamesmedley- September 29, 2011 at 11:18 pm
I see some lovely funbags behind that little dog.

More injuries just worry me. Crocop already didnt use a full training camping, now this?

In the perfect world crocop would headkick his approach to a heavyweight belt, however, if I sober up and hang away the bong for any little, I am aware that Crocop probably doesn't have the most effective chance in this fight. This makes us an unfortunate panda.That dog looks abnormally extended and bent in 2.
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Kimbos Bread- September 19, 2010 at 7:05 pm
@ newdeal
I have noticed the same thing. It's sad, because I like Cro Cop. I wonder why he's been looking so bad since singing with the UFC. My theory is that the Gonzaga kick messed something up with his head, and he has never gotten over it completely. As well, I bet that chicken wing shoulder thing he does has something to do with it as well.

@Ballkick

Agreed. Mir is without a doubt the toughest competition Cro Cop has faced in the UFC.
Ballkick- September 19, 2010 at 4:41 pm
Francisco Santos Mir III will win this fight, and CroCop will look as effective as Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira looked in his and Franks last tilt. It will be a bad night for Mirko CroCop.
ghostboner- September 19, 2010 at 3:07 pm
Ohhhhh Steampunk with the burn!!! We have not had enough Chandella burns lately. You know what else we haven't had enough of?

Jake Shields is so boring that when he walks into Cro Cop's gym, Murrko falls asleep mid-sparring and gets headbutted by his falling sparring partner whose lights were also put out by the Shielzzz. The inadvertent headbutt while the two fall injures Murrko's eye and threatens to cancel the fight.
ktronics- September 19, 2010 at 2:17 am
@ Mr. Misanthropy
NICE

1) So it would be odd that the website falsified reports about Crocop seeing a doctor, but falsely reporting the rest is a-ok??

2) The driver is in nip-slip territory.
newdeal- September 18, 2010 at 10:16 pm
Crocop is getting finished early he has looked horrible in every fight he has had in the ufc
DazedNConfused- September 18, 2010 at 6:30 pm
I see some lovely funbags behind that little dog.

More injuries just worry me. Crocop already didnt have a full training camp, and now this?

In a perfect world crocop would headkick his way to a heavyweight belt, but when I sober up and put away the bong for a bit, I realize that Crocop probably doesn't have the best chance in this fight. This makes me a sad panda.
Meaot- September 18, 2010 at 5:06 pm
That dog is clearly a soulsucking demon that's been draining Cro Cop's powers one creepy lick at a time since 07...
fatbellyfrank- September 18, 2010 at 4:58 pm
And the way she's handling that stick shift make my peepee all tingly
fatbellyfrank- September 18, 2010 at 4:57 pm
Yes, the driver does appear to have a decent set of funbags, and .....................................WAR CROCOP, hope he kicks Mir's face of the front of his head
MadOnionSlicer- September 18, 2010 at 12:27 pm
Is Cro Cop wearing a Josh Barnett shirt?
Jubbie- September 18, 2010 at 11:43 am
That dog looks abnormally long and bent in half.
Mr_Misanthropy- September 18, 2010 at 10:44 am
I just found a Dundas St. here the other day... it's in the crappy part of town. No, really.
mt59801- September 18, 2010 at 10:26 am
better ? who's the croation hottie driving ?
dogpt3- September 18, 2010 at 10:25 am
I'm gonna assume that dog belongs to the girl with the nice teets in the background
Kimbos Bread- September 18, 2010 at 10:10 am
Judging by that picture, Cro Cop's eye does look pretty weird. Maybe it's just the angle of the camera. And who's that other guy in the black t-shirt & shades reaching around him?
steampunk22- September 18, 2010 at 9:49 am
Who knew that a traditional Croatian remedy was having Chandella sit on your lap and give you a kiss?

;P
Negativecreep0- September 18, 2010 at 9:36 am
I had no idea cro cop was a fag
Dante- September 18, 2010 at 9:24 am
CRO COP 4EVER
CRO COP FEVER
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