CAIN VELASQUEZ INJURED, REPLACED BY MARK HUNT FOR INTERIM UFC HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE VERSUS FABRICIO WERDUM AT UFC 180®


 

CAIN VELASQUEZ INJURED, REPLACED BY MARK HUNT FOR INTERIM UFC HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE VERSUS FABRICIO WERDUM AT UFC 180® 

Mexico City, Mexico - The UFC® announced today that UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez suffered a right knee injury during training and was forced to withdraw from his championship fight against No.1 contender Fabricio Werdum in Mexico City on November 15.  

As a result, No.4 heavyweight Mark Hunt(10-8-1 in professional MMA, fighting out of Auckland, New Zealand), who is coming off a walk-off knockout against the iron-chinned Roy Nelson in Tokyo in September (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGunUlEd50A), will face Werdum (18-5-1, fighting out of Los Angeles via Porto Alegre, Brazil) in the five-round main event for the interim UFC heavyweight title.

“I’m so unbelievably disappointed that this happened,” Velasquez said. “To say I was looking forward to fighting in Mexico for the first time is an understatement. I wanted to fight on that card so bad. Looks like it wasn’t meant to be and it’s not going to happen. I’m going to get my [right] knee fixed and get back to training as soon as I can. I’m sorry to the fans in Mexico who were expecting this fight, and I hope to be able to come down and still be a part of this historic event.”

 

For Werdum, it was never about Cain, it was always about the title.

 

“I’m ready for whatever comes. I have been training in Mexico for nearly two months and accept the challenge that is presented to me. I’ll continue to prepare and will arrive ready to fight on behalf of all my Latin American fans,” said Werdum.

 

Mark Hunt, never one to shy away from a big opportunity, wasted no time accepting a dream opportunity to fight for UFC gold. 

 

I feel blessed to have this opportunity to fight for another world title. This is something that doesn’t happen often to people. First K1 and now UFC – how can I say no, even though it’s on short notice? I’m dropping everything and flying to Mexico tomorrow so I can best prepare myself for this fight. I have to get into shape and acclimatize to that environment, which is really important. 

 

“There’s nothing to lose when you’re competing against the best at the top level,” Hunt added.

 

UFC 180: WERDUM vs. HUNT scheduled for November 15 at the Arena Mexico City, sold-out in only  eight hours, and will welcome more than 20,000 fans. Along with the explosive main event, fans will also be treated to six other bouts featuring Latin American contenders.

 

For more information visit www.ufcnetwork.com. All bouts are live and subject to change.

 

UFC ticket refund policy

Due to causes beyond our company’s control, there has been a change in the main event of UFC 180 and Cain Velasquez will no longer be participating. For customers who wish to request a refund the times to do so will be from October 28 to November 7, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CT.

 

For purchases made with a credit card and/or debit card, please go to the Arena Ciudad de Mexico box office with the following documents:

* Card with which the purchase was made. Original and copy

* Official identification. Original and Copy

* Tickets.

 

For purchases made in CASH, OXXO, ELEKTRA, PALACIO DE HIERRO’s CARD through Superboletos, reimbursements will be made at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico box office only from October 28 to November 7, 2014, please submit:

* Tickets.

* Official identification. Original and Copy

Countdown to UFC 179 video.

Countdown to UFC 179 video.

Counterpunch with Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold  

Counterpunch with Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold  

Why do you fight?
I am a martial artist, some have even called me a modern Samurai. I live the life of the lonely path, my journey that has no destination that is attainable.
What’d you do if you weren’t a fighter?
 I would have either been an agent of the government or an astronaut.
What’s the weirdest thing that happened to you during or before a fight?
Someone stole my speedos right after my fight.
What’s a misconception fans have about MMA?
The biggest misconception is that there it’s a lot of money because of TV and fame.
What’s something you’d like to see changed in the sport?
Unattached fighters be allowed to judge because we are the ones that do it and know what is effective and hurts!
What have you learned about life from fighting?
I have learned to take less for granted, appreciate the cultures of the world, learn as much as you can, train harder today than you did yesterday and train harder tomorrow than you did today.
What’s next for you?
I am doing a November grappling tournament on the 1st, also I am fighting at the Super Bowl vs Shannon Ritch in a Legends title fight Jan. 30th in  Tempe, Arizona. I am writing a book about my life, another reality show and you will be surprised who else is involved, but I can’t say yet. I am teaching weekly seminars in various schools around the Chicagoland area and looking to branch out throughout the Midwest. I just got back from Nice, France, doing a global seminar there I am headed to Miami,  this Wednesday to corner some amateur MMA fighters, and I have been cast in the next Star Trek: Equinox.I also am looking for an editor for my upcoming book. I ask looking to solicit it to a publishing house. I am also looking to do an art show and start an MMA inspired action clothing line. I am also heading the search for sponsors for my upcoming fight, and trying to film a SHONIE CARTER LIVE TV SHOW. So I am not that busy at all
Anything else you want to say?
Oh yeah, co hosting a weekly pod cast MMA radio show. I am finally ha adding all of my back taxes rectified, Thank God!Now I am off  to the movies with a Romanian vampire woman then yoga! Hot yoga that is!

 

 

Why do you fight?

I am a martial artist, some have even called me a modern Samurai. I live the life of the lonely path, my journey that has no destination that is attainable.

What’d you do if you weren’t a fighter?

 I would have either been an agent of the government or an astronaut.

What’s the weirdest thing that happened to you during or before a fight?

Someone stole my speedos right after my fight.

What’s a misconception fans have about MMA?

The biggest misconception is that there it’s a lot of money because of TV and fame.

What’s something you’d like to see changed in the sport?

Unattached fighters be allowed to judge because we are the ones that do it and know what is effective and hurts!

What have you learned about life from fighting?

I have learned to take less for granted, appreciate the cultures of the world, learn as much as you can, train harder today than you did yesterday and train harder tomorrow than you did today.

What’s next for you?

I am doing a November grappling tournament on the 1st, also I am fighting at the Super Bowl vs Shannon Ritch in a Legends title fight Jan. 30th in  Tempe, Arizona. I am writing a book about my life, another reality show and you will be surprised who else is involved, but I can’t say yet. I am teaching weekly seminars in various schools around the Chicagoland area and looking to branch out throughout the Midwest. I just got back from Nice, France, doing a global seminar there I am headed to Miami,  this Wednesday to corner some amateur MMA fighters, and I have been cast in the next Star Trek: Equinox.I also am looking for an editor for my upcoming book. I ask looking to solicit it to a publishing house. I am also looking to do an art show and start an MMA inspired action clothing line. I am also heading the search for sponsors for my upcoming fight, and trying to film a SHONIE CARTER LIVE TV SHOW. So I am not that busy at all

Anything else you want to say?

Oh yeah, co hosting a weekly pod cast MMA radio show. I am finally ha adding all of my back taxes rectified, Thank God!
Now I am off  to the movies with a Romanian vampire woman then yoga! Hot yoga that is!

 


 

Why do you fight?
I fight because it’s real, gives me a reality check. Puts things and life into perspective, it’s exciting, adrenaline rush makes it as real as it gets.
What’d you do if you weren’t a fighter?
If I wasn’t fighting, I would be a chef. (laughs) I LOVE TO COOK, it’s so much fun to learn to make different meals, different flavours, different countries. I would cook for many, and eat myself to death. (laughs) Love to eat.
What’s the weirdest thing that happened to you during or before a fight?
Not sure, I’d have to think back…Oh I know, I did a fund raiser, raised over $4,000 for Children’s Hospital, dies my hair blue for it. So a week before my fight, I tried to re dye it blonde, but it turned green! (laughs) For the whole week, so I shaved my head before the fight.
What’s a misconception fans have about MMA?
Misconception is pretty common that we are barbarians, but I think that the biggest one is that we are sooooooo tough. (laughs) Well, tough is one thing, but MOST of us never street fight, not ME anyways. I’m not getting paid, I walk away, Call me any name in the book. (laughs) No problem.
What’s something you’d like to see changed in the sport?
I don’t think the sport need to change, I think it’s exactly where it should be. I’m happy with the mainstream shows, only the smaller shows need to follow suit.
What have you learned about life from fighting?
I learned in life that nothing can bring you down but yourself, this sport has shown me no matter what happens in life, there’s always a way to get you back up! And feel good about yourself.
What’s next for you?
Well I was supposed to retire. (laughs) But I don’t think that’s happening. I need to fight a little more, it’s fun for me. We are also working on making our school bigger, our student body is approximately 1700, need to grow!
Anything else you want to say?
I think that this sport is growing at a good pace and one day it will be as know as Hockey or Basketball. We just need to see it in schools as a technical workout, we already see them in small community gyms, and they work for some people, gets them fit. I hope it becomes mandatory in school like China’s “WUSHU” but I’m sure that won’t happen. (laughs)

 


Why do you fight?

I fight because it’s real, gives me a reality check. Puts things and life into perspective, it’s exciting, adrenaline rush makes it as real as it gets.

What’d you do if you weren’t a fighter?

If I wasn’t fighting, I would be a chef. (laughs) I LOVE TO COOK, it’s so much fun to learn to make different meals, different flavours, different countries. I would cook for many, and eat myself to death. (laughs) Love to eat.

What’s the weirdest thing that happened to you during or before a fight?

Not sure, I’d have to think back…Oh I know, I did a fund raiser, raised over $4,000 for Children’s Hospital, dies my hair blue for it. So a week before my fight, I tried to re dye it blonde, but it turned green! (laughs) For the whole week, so I shaved my head before the fight.

What’s a misconception fans have about MMA?

Misconception is pretty common that we are barbarians, but I think that the biggest one is that we are sooooooo tough. (laughs) Well, tough is one thing, but MOST of us never street fight, not ME anyways. I’m not getting paid, I walk away, Call me any name in the book. (laughs) No problem.

What’s something you’d like to see changed in the sport?

I don’t think the sport need to change, I think it’s exactly where it should be. I’m happy with the mainstream shows, only the smaller shows need to follow suit.

What have you learned about life from fighting?

I learned in life that nothing can bring you down but yourself, this sport has shown me no matter what happens in life, there’s always a way to get you back up! And feel good about yourself.

What’s next for you?

Well I was supposed to retire. (laughs) But I don’t think that’s happening. I need to fight a little more, it’s fun for me. We are also working on making our school bigger, our student body is approximately 1700, need to grow!

Anything else you want to say?

I think that this sport is growing at a good pace and one day it will be as know as Hockey or Basketball. We just need to see it in schools as a technical workout, we already see them in small community gyms, and they work for some people, gets them fit. I hope it becomes mandatory in school like China’s “WUSHU” but I’m sure that won’t happen. (laughs)


 

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