One of the legends of heavyweight MMA Mirko Cro Crop has been forced to pull out of his upcoming fight and retire from the sport.
Mirkro announced that he had suffered a shoulder injury at the start of the month which has forced him to pull out of his upcoming fight against Anthony Hamilton on the 28th November. The news will come as a big blow for the sports organisers as they wanted to put on a big show during the UFC’s first visit to South Korea in November.
On his website, Mirko Cro Crop wrote that he was unable to raise his hand due to an injury he picked up training for the fight against Hamilton. He said: ” The only cure would be a break of two to three weeks, and that I could not afford in the midst of final preparations”.
But the show must go on without Mirko Cro Crop, although the MMA have yet to announce who will replace him on the 28th November at the UFC Fight Night. The MMA sport website still shows that he will be fighting Anthony Hamilton days after his announcement, but Mirko has made it clear that this won’t be the case.
The main fight of the night is still set to go ahead between USA’s Benson “Smooth” Henderson and Thiago “Pittbul” Alves from Brazil. The two men are very closely matched, both weighing in at 170lbs, measuring 69 inches tall and having an arm reach of 70 inches. Recent statistics show that Henderson is the more accurate fighter, landing nearly 45 percent of his punches compared to just under 42 percent for Alves. But many bookmakers will have the man ranked number 13 in the world, Thiago Alves, as the favourite to win this match. If you’re planning to bet on the match you can find out how much betting on Alves or Henderson could return you by entering your odds into the bet calculator on the Bookmakers website.
Cro Crop was one of the veterans of the sport and at aged 41 he was already struggling to keep fit. He has already competed in 79 professional fights for the sport and was struggling with a lot of injuries he had picked up during those fights. He has already had to undergo 9 different operations to repair his body after fights, and it’s likely that this latest injury my lead to his 10th.
He will be massively missed by the sport as someone who many fighters feared to face off with in the ring. He retires as one of the most successful fighters in UFC, winning 31 of his fights and losing just 11.