Earlier this week former heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez spoke to the media about his medical issues heading into next weekend’s UFC 207, issues that will have him getting surgery after his fight with Fabricio Werdum.
Well, the Nevada State Athletic Commission was listening, and they’ve deemed him unfit to compete at the event.
Here’s MMAFighting with the details:
Cain Velasquez will not be licensed to fight at UFC 207.
The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) has pulled Velasquez from his bout with Fabricio Werdum on the Dec. 30 card in Las Vegas, commission executive director Bob Bennett confirmed Saturday with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani. The situation follows Velasquez telling ESPN.com last week that pain from a back and leg injury, which requires surgery, is so bad that he has been using cannabidiol oil to remedy it during training camp.
“Based on the medical records, interviews with Mr. Velasquez and best judgment of our chairman, chief representatives, executive director and physicians, and to protect the health and safety of the fighter, we’ve determined Mr. Velasquez is unfit to fight,” Bennett told Helwani.