Velasquez Injured, Will Not Fight Werdum at UFC 172 in Mexico
Despite earlier reports that the UFC would be heading to Mexico in April, 2014 with a card featuring heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (above, left) facing Fabricio Werdum, both UFC President Dana White and the camp of Cain Velasquez have confirmed that fight will be delayed due to a Velasquez injury.
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
A Spanish-language website reported Wednesday that Cain Velasquez would be facing Fabricio Werdum sometime in late April as the headline of UFC 172 in Mexico City. Those reports were false, as multiple sources confirmed that Velasquez is injured and the UFC’s debut in Mexico will be delayed.
Cain Velasquez’s manager, Bob Cook, told Yahoo Sports that the champion had an MRI on his left shoulder and will have another to determine if he needs to undergo surgery.
“He’s had one MRI already, but we’re going to get another one that is hopefully of better quality,” Cook said. “He hurt it during the [UFC 165] fight [with Junior dos Santos], but we’re not exactly sure when or how it happened. Right now, we’re waiting to get this other MRI before we know what we have to do, whether there’s a need for minor surgery or just rehab.”
Cook also stated that Velasquez’s ability to compete in April would depend on his doctors’ diagnosis. He hopes that could come sometime next week.
UFC President Dana White also reiterated the falsity of the earlier report.
“We haven’t offered anyone a fight for that card and Cain is injured right now and might need surgery,” he told Yahoo. “Obviously we’re not going to Mexico without Cain Velasquez.”
Velasquez, who is an American of Mexican descent, became the first major Mexican-American heavyweight champion in boxing or MMA when he won the belt over three years ago at UFC 121.
As far as the injury, Velasquez trainer Javier Mendez said he is hoping surgery won’t be necessary.
“Hopefully, it’s just something that will need rehab. I don’t think it’s major, but then Cain has such an amazingly high threshold for pain, you don’t know for sure. We just need to get it checked out properly and then we can proceed.”