Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic announced on his personal blog today that he is no longer scheduled to fight at DREAM.5 on July 21. He had been slated to fight Jerome LeBanner, who apparently pulled out of the fight vs. Cro Cop in order to fight Semmy Schilt on a K-1 card in a kickboxing match.
Instead of fighting an alternate, Cro Cop has pulled off the card entirely and will instead use the time to rest an injured elbow and to also undergo arthroscopic surgery on his knee, possibly as early as tomorrow. According to Cro Cop, he could be ready to resume fighting in time for DREAM.6 on Sept. 23.
He expressed that he is anxious to fight again.
“I had only one fight this year, I miss big fights and top level competition,” wrote Cro Cop. “I’m eager to get back to the big stage, I still have good fights left in me and I won’t give up. I’m not happy with this outcome of course, but at this moment I need to be patient and give some time for my body to recover.”
While Cro Cop’s future fights are uncertain, he has an idea of what direction he’d like to go in once he’s 100 percent again, including a rematch with Fedor Emelianenko.
“My goal is to become the first heavyweight champion in DREAM and to do that I need to be ready to fight on September 23,” he stated in his blog. “I’m not interested in summer time, vacations or things like that; I’ll focus on getting back to shape and hopefully I’ll fight in September. I would really like to fight Alistair Overeem, we all know why and I won’t let it go. My career is far from being over, I’ll be fighting some strong competitors soon again and hopefully I’ll meet Fedor in the ring once more in 2009.”