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Former UFC Champion Is Pulled From UFC 207

Former UFC Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez will not fight at UFC 207. Cain had been struggling with a back injury and intense pains over the last few weeks. He even went on record to say he was using cannabidiol oil to help with the pain and was schedule for surgery on January 4th.

At the same time, he assured the media he was going to fight Werdum on December 30th, no matter what. However, all that seems to be out of the fighter’s control and things have changed this Christmas Eve. 

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has decided to pull Velasquez from the rematch with Fabricio Werdum, according to commission executive director Bob Bennett’s confirmation to MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani. 

“Based on the medical records, interviews with Mr. Velasquez and best judgment of our chairman, chief representatives, executive director and physicians, and to protect the health and safety of the fighter, we’ve determined Mr. Velasquez is unfit to fight,” Bennett told Helwani.

Once again, the UFC (and/or the NSAC) showed a lack of tact as the story hit the media before the fighter was officially informed. Velasquez tweeted what his doctor told him and what the Nevada State Athletic Commission had told his doctor regarding his elegibility to fight.

Bob Bennet said the NSAC was forced to intervene because excessive risks for a fighter are evident.

“It’s obvious Mr. Velasquez is physically compromised and that would place him at significant physical disadvantage in the fight. Therefore, we’ve gone ahead and suspended his license due to medical reasons.”

About UFC 207

The UFC has not released any communication yet regarding the matter. Reports say they are still unsure about what to do. They are trying to find a late replacement to fight Fabricio Werdum. But it is very possible the Brazilian heavyweight will be removed from the card as well.

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