In case you haven’t heard, former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is injured and out of his UFC 196 title rematch with Fabricio Werdum. UFC president Dana White confirmed that Stipe Miocic will now face Werdum on February 6.
Reports indicate Velasquez injured his back.
Here’s his Facebook message to Werdum:
“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,” Velasquez writes. “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.
“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.”