Cro Cop Receives Indefinite Medical Suspensions Following UFC 103 Loss


Mirko Filipovic. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

PRIDE Fighting Championships standout Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has been medically suspended for an indefinite amount of time by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation following his third-round submission loss to Junior Dos Santos at UFC 103 over the weekend.

The suspension likely stems from a potential eye injury Cro Cop suffered from a Dos Santos punch, which ultimately forced the Croatian to verbally quit during the fight. All of the event’s 26 licensed fighters received mandatory suspensions as well.

In terms of Cro Cop’s future, it remains uncertain. Filipovic reportedly told Croatian newspaper “Jutarnji” that he may be considering hanging up the gloves based on his performance against Dos Santos on Saturday evening.

“Maybe the ones who have said that I’m done are right,” Filipovic said. “Obviously, I can’t break my mental block in the Octagon. I have twenty years of training like a spartan behind me. It has caught up with me, my body is broken down. I’ve been worn out. I’ve been living a military life for 20 years now. Getting up at 6:00 AM and working hard physically until 8:00 PM. I want a normal life. I’m entering a cage and thinking about fishing in Privlaka. You can’t win that way.”

The complete list of UFC 103’s medical suspensions is below:

Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (suspended indefinitely)
Rich Franklin (suspended until October 20)
Martin Kampmann (suspended until October 20)
Frank Trigg (suspended until October 20)
Hermes Franca (suspended until October 20)
Cole Miller (suspended until October 20)
Steve Lopez (suspended until October 20)
Junior Dos Santos (suspended until September 29)
Nik Lentz (suspended until September 29)
Rafaello Oliveira (suspended until September 29)
Eliot Marshall (suspended until September 29)
Jason Brilz (suspended until September 29)
Vladimir Matyushenko (suspended until September 29)
Igor Pokrajac (suspended until September 29)
Rafael Dos Anjos (suspended until September 29)
Rob Emerson (suspended until September 29)
Vitor Belfort (suspended until September 27)
Paul Daley (suspended until September 27)
Tyson Griffin (suspended until September 27)
Efrain Escudero (suspended until September 27)
Tomasz Drwal (suspended until September 27)
Jim Miller (suspended until September 27)
Drew McFedries (suspended until September 27)
Josh Koscheck (suspended until September 27)
Ricky Story (suspended until September 27)
Brian Foster suspended until September 27)

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