Cain Velasquez Releases Statement, Says Not Addressing Injury Could Have Had “Longer Term Consequences”
By FCF Staff
After it was revealed that Cain Velasquez will no longer fight Fabricio Werdum at UFC 196 due to a back injury, the heavyweight has provided more details regarding his latest setback.
Velasquez, who has fought just once since 2013 due to injuries, posted a statement on his Facebook page that includes the following information:
Training camp has been difficult for the last few weeks, but sometimes no matter how much the heart and mind want to fight through an injury, healing has its own timeline. We thought we’d get through it, but we had to face the truth that it wasn’t going to be OK in time to fight. All of us fighters have all fought injured at one time or another, but I can’t ignore this injury, as my doctor has indicated that not addressing the problems with my sciatic nerve could have longer-term consequences.
My fans deserve to see me compete as close to 100% as possible. I’m committed to giving them that. I’m not going to let my fans down, and I want to make sure I do the right things to ensure a long career.
Velasquez also apologized to Werdum, and that relayed that “we will meet soon”. The latter submitted Velasquez last June to become heavyweight champion.
Stipe Miocic will now face Werdum at the February 6th card, which will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada.