UFC 119: Dana White Says Mirko "Cro Cop" Is Fine and Will Fight

Erik FontanezCorrespondent ISeptember 18, 2010

Dana White confirms that Mirko "Cro Cop" will fight.
Dana White confirms that Mirko "Cro Cop" will fight.Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

ROSEMEAD, Calif. -- According to UFC president Dana White, the rumors that Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic's injury can pull him out of his UFC 119 bout with Frank Mir can be laid to rest.  

"Cro Cop" will fight.

Bleacher Report ran into Mr. White at the UFC Gym grand opening in Rosemead, Calif. where he spoke on the subject.

"He's either on the plane now or he's already landed in Indianapolis," said the UFC president.

Speculation about "Cro Cop's" inability to compete surfaced earlier this week when Croatian news outlet Index.hr reported of the heavyweight's injury.

Dana spoke openly about how the injury occurred and confirmed the Croatian will compete.

"The last ten minutes of his last day of sparring he got poked in the eye," Dana said.  "He's seen an ophthalmologist, he's seen everybody.  He's fine and he's fighting."

Filipovic (27-7-2) is currently on a two-fight win streak in the UFC and winner of four out of his last five.  "Cro Cop" stepped up for fellow former Pride heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, who was originally scheduled to fight Mir at UFC 119, but had to bow out due to an injury.

Mir (13-5) was last seen in a defeat to former number one contender Shane Carwin.  Mir has dropped two of his last three outings, but a win over "Cro Cop" would certainly bring some spark back to the career of the two-time UFC heavyweight champion.

UFC 119 takes place on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.

This news was originally reported by MMAjunkie.com


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