There must really be a PRIDE curse going around. First we learned that Mauricio “Shogun” Rua needed surgery to repair a knee ligament injury and now news have surfaced that yet another former PRIDE fighter is scheduled to go under the knife. Vecernji List is reporting that Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic will undergo surgery to correct a severely deviated septum. In short, this is a condition that may cause impaired breathing due to the narrowing of the nasal passage.
The article states that Mirko was seen by surgeon, Dr. Vladimir Bedekovic. According to Cro Cop, “When I came to the examination and when he saw how closed my nose canal was, the surgeon was shocked. He could not believe that I could be a top athlete with that deviation. It seems that this problem took away 50 percent of the stamina in my fights.”
If this is true, then it could possibly help explain one of the reasons why Mirko looked so gassed in his fight against Kongo.