Posted 10/21/2014 at 09:04 PM
Cain Velasquez blew out his knee and won't be able to defend his heavyweight strap against Fabricio Werdum at UFC 180 in Mexico City. Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports was the first to report this breaking news.
With Velasquez apparently out of action for an indefinite period of time, Mark Hunt will now face Werdum in the UFC 180 main event for the interim belt.
The UFC has confirmed the injury and sent out this press release.
"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."