Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has withdrawn from UFC Fight Night Seoul, scheduled to take place at the Olympic Park Gymnastics Arena on 28 November.
The Croatian fighter was scheduled to meet Anthony Hamilton in the co-main event, but said recurring shoulder injury had forced him out of the card, and, it seems, his career as an MMA fighter.
In a statement on his official website, Cro Cop said he had come to the end of his martial arts career.
“Sooner or later there comes a time when a man has only his health,” he said.
“I have had a long and rich career and I believe I left a deep mark on martial arts.”
The former Pride champion said despite a daily therapy of blood plasma and a “cocktail of drugs”, he was unable to heal in time for the 26 November bout.
He said during his camp he had suffered from excessive fluid in his shoulders which could have forced him into surgery.
“Part of the muscle is snapped, the shoulder is filled with a lot of fluids and the great danger is that tendon ruptures and then go to operation again,” he wrote.
Cro Cop’s fight with Hamilton would have been his 80th bout from a career spanning Pride Fighting Championship, K-1 and more recently the UFC. He has competed against the likes of Fedor Emelianenko, Wanderlei Silva, Josh Barnett, Junior dos Santos.
There’s no word as yet if Hamilton will get a new opponent.