Last night after Fabricio Werdum was crowned the interim UFC heavyweight champion, UFC President Dana White clarified that he would not be stripping heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez of his belt, unless Velasquez was unable to fight by March.
Velasquez AKA teammate, and top ranked middleweight, Luke Rockhold sounded off on the possibility of his teammate being stripped of the belt to MMAFighting.
“I don’t think it’s that fair. I mean, really, if you look at the picture with Anthony Pettis, how long has he been out? Dominick Cruz? Cain has proven himself as the best heavyweight of all-time, it’d be hard to strip that. I don’t know, maybe it’s emotions running high.”
“Look at what’s going on here in Mexico, I’m sure they’re going to want to come back here real soon, right? Who better to headline that than the winner of this versus Cain? That’s going to be a pretty big sell. Cain’s doing everything right, he’s on track. I talked to him last night, and he’s doing what he has to do. He’ll be ready by spring.”
“Cain is the champ. This is not the real title. Interim is interim, unless you’re going out there defending and the guy is out for days. This is an obvious case where we all know who the champ is.