Mirko Cro Cop out of UFC Fight Night 79, announces retirement

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Mirko Cro Cop, who was expected to face Anthony Hamilton at UFC Fight Night 79 on November 28th, has pulled out receiving a shoulder injury received earlier in training camp. The announcement was made personally from Cro Cop through his website www.mirkofilipovic.com. It has yet to be confirmed by UFC officials. Following Cro Cop's announcement of pulling out, he announced his retirement from mixed martial arts. "This is not a temporary decision... but it's my final decision and it's best for me," he says. "I had a really long and great career and I believe I left a deep mark in the martial arts, in a free fight and in K-1 and I have no regrets. Thanks to everyone who followed me and supported me, but for me there remains beautiful memories." Mirko Cro Cop (31-11-2, 1 NC) made the move from PRIDE to the UFC, where he won in his debut over Eddie Sanchez in February of 2007.  Unfortunately his first stint did not go as plan, losing two fights in a row to Gabriel Gonzaga and Cheick Kongo. He was released but later resigned in 2009. He went 3-4 throughout his second stint, but was released once more in after losing to Roy Nelson in October of 2011. In April earlier this ear, Cro Cop made his third return to the UFC fighting Gabriel Gonzaga in a long-awaited rematch. The tables flipped, as Cro Cop was able to defeat Gonzaga by TKO in the third round. The scheduled bout with Anthony Hamilton would have been his second fight in his third stint. Throughout his MMA career he defeated many notables such including Wanderlei Silva, Josh Barnett, Mark Coleman, Kevin Randleman, and Kazushi Sakuraba. No announcement has been made if Anthony Hamilton will be given another opponent or will be removed from the card entirely.

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