When news first emerged that Mirko Cro Cop had suffered an eye injury in training a week from his headline bout with Frank Mir fans immediately feared that the bout would be canceled.
Since then both Cro Cop and UFC president Dana White have provided assurances that the fight will still go ahead, but the truth is that the final decision does not lie with them.
Cro Cop has flown to the U.S as planned and The Indiana State Athletic Commission will now examine the extent of the injury later this week. If they are not satisfied then they could still prevent the Croatian fighter from stepping into the octagon on Saturday night.
It’s an awkward situation for everyone, and the UFC in particular will be keeping their fingers crossed that the fight goes ahead as planned after previously having had to change the main after Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, who was originally scheduled to fight Mir, pulled out due to an injury.
It’s unlikely that they will be able to provide a credible late replacement to face Mir at this stage, and if worst came to worst it may be that Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Vs Ryan Bader may have to step up to serve as the headline bout.
Hopefully it won’t come to that, but it’s a story we’ll be following closely in the coming days.