Things have quickly gone south for the upcoming UFC 196 card, as not long after it was announced Cain Velasquez will no longer fight, Fabricio Werdum is reporting he’s not going to either.
If you missed it earlier, on Sunday Velasquez confirmed that a back injury will prevent him from fighting Werdum on February 6th. Stipe Miocic, however, had agreed to step in and face Werdum. So all’s well right?
Well, in a recent report from MMA Fighting.com, the heavyweight champ revealed that he has a foot and back injury, and that as a result, he’s elected to not fight. Werdum also stated:
“I decided not to fight because I’m not 100 percent. If Cain was the opponent, I would go on. It’s not his fault, it’s nobody’s fault. Injuries happen. You can’t avoid them. I have no option. I made this decision because I’m not feeling 100 percent.”
So, clearly this is huge blow to UFC 196, which will go down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Vegas. The UFC hasn’t made any announcement yet regarding this.