UFC 180 Main Event Loses Velasquez, Gains Hunt
- Updated: October 22, 2014
MEXICO CITY, Mexico – The main even for UFC 180 will have different opponents as Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez will not face No. 1 ranked contender Fabricio Werdum due to a knee injury and instead No. 4 contender Mark Hunt will fight in his place. The thirty-two year-old champion suffered the injury while training and will be forced to miss the upcoming event.
Velasquez’ absence sets up the opportunity for an Interim Heavyweight Title Fight so the Ultimate Fighting Championship will have a title holder while he gets back from his injury. “I’m so unbelievably disappointed this happened. To say I was looking forward to fighting in Mexico for the first time is an understatement,” said Velasquez, “I wanted to fight on that card so bad. Looks like it wasn’t meant to be and it’s not going to happen.”
The downcast champion also said, “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.”
“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,” said “Vai Calvo” choosing to stay focused on the opportunity ahead, “I’ll continue to prepare and will arrive ready to fight on behalf of all my Latin American fans.”
The “Super Samoan” said, “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.”
Hunt continued, “There’s nothing to lose when you’re competing against the best at the top level.”