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Thursday, 08/01/2013, 03:43 pm

UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez Skips Final Leg of UFC World Tour 2013 in Rio de Janeiro

By JAKE CHASTAIN

| News has broken that UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez has skipped out on the final leg of the UFC Word Tour 2013, which closes out in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  on Friday.

The opening leg of the tour ran all the way across the US, hitting major cities like LA, San Jose, New York, and Houston. Velasquez’s upcoming opponent, Brazilian Junior Dos Santos, accompanied him the entire way but it looks like Cain is not going to return the favor when the tour heads to Junior’s home country of Brazil to close the tour.

Combate.com first reported Cain’s decision to pass on the final stop of the tour and several sources have since confirmed the news. Velasquez’s camp explained that he will not be making the trip to Brazil but also stated that he was never intending to go, even though the UFC was announcing that he was.

“He’s never been sceduled to go,” Heidi Seibert, a rep for Velasquez’s camp, told MMA Junkie. “This isn’t anything new. There’s many reasons why he isn’t going.”

Some sources are citing security reasons for the Champs absence in the ending phase of the media tour although other American fighters, including Phil Davis, who is currently in Brazil to fight Lyoto Machida this weekend, have stated that they don’t feel that its a hostile environment.

“To each his own,” Davis said. “If he felt that need was there for him – I’m not Cain Velasquez, I’m just a lowly Phil Davis. So it’s hard to say exactly what dangers exist for him. But I haven’t felt imminent danger in this city. But again, everything is relative.”

Cain Velasquez is scheduled to defend his title against Junior Dos Santos in a highly anticipated trilogy fight in October for UFC 166 in Houston, Texas.

What do the fans here at BJPenn.com think about this news? Is Velasquez being unfair or disrespectful toward the UFC and JDS for skipping his assumed responsibilities or is this just being blown out of proportion. Let’s hear some opinion, fight fans.

-Jake Chastain

@jchastain45

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