Fabricio Werdum has admitted he would have still fought at UFC 196, if Cain Velasquez was still competing, and Stipe Miocic’s manager isn’t too happy about it.
Not long after the UFC announced Miocic would replace the injured Velasquez on February 6th, Werdum reported he also was injured, and wouldn’t fight. The heavyweight champ also stated, however, that he would have fought if Velasquez had remained on the card.
Well, MMA Fighting.com contacted Miocic’s manager Greg Kalikas for a comment, and here is some of what he said via text:
“…If he’s [Werdum is] healthy enough to defend against Cain, we can’t understand why he’s not healthy enough to fight Stipe, who would only have 12 days to prepare for him as it stands.
“A champion shouldn’t pick and choose opponents. A true champion fights all comers. If he won’t fight Stipe with a short camp, are we supposed to believe he’d fight Stipe coming off a full training camp? No, he wouldn’t… and that’s a bad look for the supposed best heavyweight on the planet…”
There’s been no word yet from the UFC in terms of a new main event for the upcoming card.