The UFC’s much anticipated debut in Mexico next month has been hit with two heavy blows in quick succession this week.
News broke late on Tuesday night that current UFC heavyweight and current ‘TUF: Nations” coach, Cain Velasquez (13-1) has had to withdraw from his bout against Fabricio Werdum (18-5-1).
It was unclear for a while as to the extent of the injury but UFC officials released a statement citing that Cain had picked up a knee injury during training.
This is sure to leave a bitter taste in the mouth of many a Mexican fan hoping to see their hero in action for the first time since October 2013.
UFC officials have quickly moved to fill the main event slot and now Verdum will take on #4 ranked Mark Hunt (10-8-1) for an interim belt.
Unfortunately the bad news doesn’t end there for the card as last night, Joe Lauzon (24-9) has also had to withdraw from his bout with hometown fighter Diego Sanchez (25-7).
An official reason has not yet been forthcoming and a replacement for Sanchez has not yet been filled. This is the second withdrawal from this contest with Norman Parke originally set to face off against Sanchez.
UFC 180 takes place on November 15th 2014 in Mexico City and is available to watch on UFC Fight Pass and BT Sport 1. Broadcast times TBA.
Shane Saunders, Pundit Arena.
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