Mirko Cro Cop suffers severe abrasion to the cornea, but will fight at UFC 119

UFC heavyweight heavy hitter, Mirko Cro Cop has confirmed that he suffered a serious injury to his eye yesterday during training, the kind of injury that’s left his vision blurred and his doctor insisting he sits it out for the next two weeks.

Cro Cop, speaking via Fighters Only Magazine, said:

“It was the very last minute of the very last round of the very last sparring. We were sparring in UFC gloves and my sparring partner – who is about 120 kilos, Croatia’s best thai boxer – he poked me in the eye. The pain was like… I cant even describe it, the pain was so big I thought he had blinded me.”

“Luckily there was a TV crew in the room and also some reporters from two websites. Frank Mir has talked this and that, maybe if nobody had seen this and there was no video, he would again be saying I am trying to make excuses. But no excuses, it is just bad luck. All I need now is for my plane to be hit by lightning tomorrow and crash into the Atlantic.”

“I went to see a doctor and he advised that the eye should be rested minimum two weeks. But I have made a commitment to the UFC and a commitment to the fans, so there is no question of backing out of the fight. I do not want to let anyone down, I know they could not find a replacement for me at this short notice and many fans have already bought tickets for the show.”

Dana White, speaking via MMAJunkie.com, said:

“His last day of sparring – the last 10 minutes of the last day of sparring – he got poked in the eye. But he’s seen an opthamologist; he’s seen everybody. Cro Cop, he’s already on the plane now or has already landed in Indianapolis. He’s fine. He’s fighting.”

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