Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has been forced off the July 21st DREAM 5 card due to elbow and knee injuries, according to his official blog:
Unfortunately I have some bad newsâ€“ I won’t be fighting at DREAM 5 at all. I was about to face Jerome LeBanner but he decided to fight in K1 against Schilt. Mighty Mo was the alternative and I accepted this challenge, but unfortunately Mighty Mo pulled off from the fight. I was ready to face Mo, but maybe this scenario wasn’t that bad for me at all and I’ll tell you why.
I’ve been having problems with my right elbow for years and the injury got even worse over last 6 months. I’m already receiving a proper treatment but the recovery won’t happen over night. The second problem is a knee injury, something that troubles me for quite a while. I had difficulties using my kicks and over last few weeks I focused more on boxing and grappling. I really wanted to fight on July 21 and I was even ignoring doctor’s suggestions, but now I’ve rached the point from which I can’t continue with my normal training regiment due to my injuries.
“Cro Cop”, a PRIDE and UFC veteran, will undergo minor arthroscopic surgery on his knee and is expected to resume training in 2-3 weeks in preparation for a September 23rd bout.