When Mirko Filipovic bolted from a potential UFC contract to fight more often overseas, I don't think even he expected it to be this soon.
The famed Croatian striker has been hospitalized after reportedly suffering from high temperature, diarrhea and stomach pain, the textbook symptoms of Salmonella according to Index.hr.
The illness could potentially jeopardize his July 20 bout against "Mighty Mo" Siligia at DREAM 10 on July 20.
"Cro Cop" most recently competed at UFC 99: "The Comeback," making a brief return to the Octagon with a controversial win due to an inadvertent eye poke that was missed by the referee that led to a victory over British heavyweight Mostapha Al-turk.
At the UFC 99 post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White gave "Cro Cop" a verbal lashing for welching on a supposed verbal deal for more fights within the UFC.
Filipovic refutes the claim, saying the deal was for only one fight and that he would renegotiate after the event. Cro Cop wanted to fight multiple times this year and claims the UFC expected him to wait six months for another fight.
Now he’s returning to the Land of the Rising Sun -- the country that made him a star -- but whether or not he'll be in any condition to compete in less than a month after this recent illness remains to be seen.
Unless UFC officials had access to the Croat's in-flight meal out of Germany, this is likely just a case of unfortunate timing.
Stay tuned for more information on Filipovic's health as it becomes available.