Yesterday we reported that former UFC champ Cain Velasquez was injured and forced to pull out of his UFC 196 main event scrap with current heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum. The UFC was on the ball, though, and was ready with Stipe Miocic to fill in.
Well, the change of opponents has had a chilling effect on Werdum’s desire to fight, and now he’s citing an injury as the reason he cannot fight at UFC 196 either.
As per MMAFighting:
A day after the announcement that Velasquez would be replaced by Stipe Miocic, the Brazilian told MMAFighting.com he will also pull out of the event with an injury.
“I was already injured,” Werdum told Brazilian journalists on Monday. “I have a foot injury, and haven’t been able to throw kicks in training for two weeks. I would still fight Cain because I was injured the last time, but I also hurt my back last Friday. I went to the doctor, tried to continue training, but couldn’t spar as I should spar.
“I decided not to fight because I’m not 100 percent,” he continued. “If Cain was the opponent, I would go on. It’s not his fault, it’s nobody’s fault. Injuries happen. You can’t avoid them. I have no option. I made this decision because I’m not feeling 100 percent.”
Werdum says he’s “still confused” about everything that happened.
“I made this decision together with my team,” he said. “We decided not to fight. Cain can’t fight. I was going to hide the injury one more time, like I always did. I tried to hide it, but couldn’t this time. I can’t fight if I’m not 100 percent to put on a show like I always did.”
So let me get this straight: Werdum was okay to fight Velasquez, but when it comes to taking on Miocic, he’s not so okay?
Also, if the UFC crucified Jon Jones for sinking UFC 151 (when he refused to fight Chael Sonnen on late notice, thereby forcing the cancellation of the show), they’re going to absolutely hate Werdum if UFC 196 goes down the tubes.