This weekend saw some shocking news for the upcoming UFC 196 event as Cain Velasquez Out Of Rematch With Fabricio Werdum, Stipe Miocic Steps In to challenge for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Miocic, after defeating Andrei Arlovski in less than a minute at UFC 195, demanded a UFC Heavyweight Title shot and now it has come to fruition for the heavyweight contender. In less than two weeks at UFC 196, Stipe Miocic will enter the octagon against a formidable champion in Fabricio Werdum, but will the late replacement pull the upset or will Werdum keep the championship in his possession.
Cain Velasquez posted on facebook:
“I’m sure you’ve heard the news that I won’t be able to fight at UFC 196. I can’t begin to tell you how disappointed I am and how I feel I’m letting you all down. I’ve heard and read all of your messages of support since my last fight and during this camp and for that I thank you.
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.
Fabricio, I hope that you accept my sincere apology. I understand how you may think this is an excuse. From one professional to another, I can tell you I was committed and looking forward to competing with you again. I greatly respect you as a fighter and man, and we will meet soon.
I will get this taken care of as soon as possible. I will heal and will come back and show you the Cain Velasquez you all deserve to see.