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CroCop Cleared to Fight Mir? Indiana Docs Will Be the Judge of That

(Right eye, hospital. Left eye … uh … hospital. PicProps: Sherdog)

While Dana White and Mirko CroCop didn’t totally get their stories straight over the weekend about the status of the fighter’s injured (or not injured) eyeball, both guys voiced confidence that CroCop will be able to compete in his scheduled UFC 119 main event against Frank Mir on Saturday. Unfortunately, their opinions don’t really matter, as multiple media outlets remind us this week that CroCop will still face a medical exam by the Indiana Gaming Commission before he’s allowed to fight.

The director of the IGC’s athletic division told MMA Junkie on Monday that the UFC/Pride vet will be checked out by doctors both prior to Friday’s weigh-ins and Saturday before the event.

"We’ll have our physicians do our pre-bout physicals," commission official Andy Means said. "They’ll be done before the weigh-ins and again prior to the fights (on Saturday). We’ll do them like we always do."

We can only assume that “like we always do” actually means “we’ll be paying special attention to this one guy’s eye, since we’ve heard there might be a problem.”

In the immediate aftermath of a report from one of Croatia’s largest news portals that CroCop had injured his eye in training, White took to his Twitter to say the 36-year-old was fine and that rumors of his injury were untrue. Then CroCop himself cut an interview with a Croatian sports website saying that he had indeed suffered a poke to the eye, but that he still expected to fight at UFC 119. After that, White amended his statement, saying CroCop had seen an ophthalmologist, and had been “cleared to fight.”

Oddly – and there’s no way to know if he was just responding to a question from MMA Junkie here – on Monday Means was already commenting on the possibility of the UFC finding a replacement for CroCop, if he is deemed unfit to compete.

"We don’t have any problems with substitutions," he said. "We can probably turn around something like that pretty quickly. So as long as they have a license and medical clearance, I don’t see it being a problem … If it’d save the fight, we’d go out of our way to make that happen."

It should be noted that there are four other heavyweights already scheduled to appear at UFC 119 – Matt Mitrione, Joey Beltran, Mark Hunt and Sean McCorkle – so it seems like finding someone to step in for CroCop wouldn’t be that hard. You know a dude as allegedly crazy as Mitrione wouldn’t turn down the opportunity to fight Frank Mir on a day’s notice, assuming Mir is also cool with it. But we’re jumping a gun a bit there, as we really have no choice but to wait for CroCop – who himself was an injury replacement for Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in this fight — to show up in Indiana and get checked out by the docs.

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oki-who oki-ryu- September 20, 2010 at 3:26 pm
@peetee. he did give up against Dos Santos. As much as i love the Cro Cop of old... I don't see him beating anybody who serious about fighting. That being said, depending on which Mir shows up, Cro Cop could win this one.
topdog- September 20, 2010 at 2:47 pm
@ Fedor Penn dig the name. @ RwilsonR Straight up Roger Huerta is pissed but he has a big challenge in front of him. But I really cant wait to see Cain get the upset. I'm calling it right now Cain by TKO 4th rd.
Ascerendant- September 20, 2010 at 2:25 pm
Mirko is probably used to his opponents high-fiving him these days and was surprised by the punch.
BrutusBox- September 20, 2010 at 1:38 pm
@rex deja vu, more impressive was the hulksters slam of andre
DaltonSwayze- September 20, 2010 at 1:16 pm
@DnC: How many other fighters were owed fights? Something is weird, and I think it is just the beginning of the Zuffa freakshow era, and I couldn't be happier
Peetee- September 20, 2010 at 1:02 pm
No way a guy like Cro Cop would stop fighting because a silly thing like a punch to the eye. Right?
SumDumGuy- September 20, 2010 at 12:10 pm
mur v meathead... it's the damnedest thing but I wouldn.t mind seeing that
DazedNConfused- September 20, 2010 at 11:46 am
Pride owed Hunt another fight. Since the UFC purchased Pride and it's contracts they owed Hunt one more fight. I'm assuming the UFC could have just paid him off but I figure he wouldn't mind fighting in the UFC and having another chance. Either way, not that odd. It's just a shame Fedors contract had already run out when Pride was purchased.
Nealio- September 20, 2010 at 11:45 am
Sadly even with his losses and his poked eye, CroCop makes more than all but 1 of the heavyweights.. :(
DaltonSwayze- September 20, 2010 at 11:27 am
They should have Hunt replace Mirko, if he needs replacing. It would be the icing on the cake of his odd re-signing
ReX13- September 20, 2010 at 11:17 am
At least Hulk Hogan bodyslammed King Kong Bundy.
RwilsonR- September 20, 2010 at 10:55 am
This could be The Mexicutioner's big chance to earn that title shot!

If Beltran fights and beats Mir, and Cain beats Brock, they would almost have to do a UFC title fight in Mexico for that one. I imagine Cain's tattoo would be well received south of the border. I bet Roger Huerta feels like shit he won't be on that card.
BONGTAR- September 20, 2010 at 10:53 am
If he can fly, and wants to fight....
Kimbos Bread- September 20, 2010 at 10:39 am
I'm more worried about his developing chicken wing twitch than his eyeball. Soon he'll be throwing unintentional jabs, leaving him uncovered for all sorts of further eye pokes.
Fried Taco- September 20, 2010 at 10:38 am
Scott Blevins lives in Indiana and is always ready to fight!
Fedor Penn- September 20, 2010 at 10:35 am
As long as his left leg is okay they should let him fight.