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-away 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.
The Warriors Cage presents "Halloween Havoc 4" By:Daniel "BigTrip" Quintana
The Fall season is upon us again and The Warriors Cage is back at it with Halloween Havoc 4. It all goes down Friday October 24th, 2014 at the Eagle Mountain Casino in Porterville, Ca.
In the main event Porterville's (8-2) C.J. Keith takes on (11-24-1) Marcus Gaines. Keith returns to fight in front of a hometown crowd after a short time in the UFC where things didn't go as planned. Keith will be looking to get back on track, but will be fac-ing a very experienced fighter in Marcus Gaines. Gaines a veteran in the sport with 36 fights under his belt will look to ruin the homecoming and get in the win column himself.
In the co main event (3-2) David Sierra meets (3-3) Ryan Reneau in rematch from earlier this year. Sierra attempts to even the score after Reneau got the win by majority decision in their first fight.
Also on the card:
Tule River's (5-4) Owen Rubio vs (6-11) William Johnson
Porterville's Vincent Zavala vs James Johnson
Visalia's Cameron Ramirez vs Mason Fowler
Sergio Quinones vs Khris Khols
Drake Boen vs Edgar Timajero
Jamie Maciel vs John Elias
Scott Miers vs Augy Garcia
Eric Huggins vs Cody Sons
Doors open at 7pm, Fights Start at 8pm Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at www.eaglemtncasino.com and Visalia's MMA Gear
UFC 181: Johny Hendricks Confident in Ability to Offer Robbie Lawler New Looks
Johny Hendricks is scheduled to rematch Robbie Lawler at UFC 181 on December 6th, and not only will it be the welterweight champ’s first title defence, it will be the first rematch of his MMA career.
Hendricks decisioned Lawler in March to lay claim to the promotion’s vacant welterweight title, but the decorated wrestler has been sidelined with injuries since.
So how does Lawler intend to approach Lawler in the rematch? And offer the feared slugger some new looks and challenges? While speaking to UFC.com recently, the 31 year-old relayed the following:
“It’s pretty easy,” the former NCAA wrestling champ said while discussing rematches. “You sit there and you go, okay, I know he knows I can do this and I can do that, so how do you hide it a little bit better? That’s what helped me to stay where I was at – I was always adapting. I was staying with the same thing, but making it better. For example, I always hit a single leg, but what I learned was how to hide it. And once I learned that, then it became easier to move forward and to face these guys. Because even though they know it’s coming, they don’t know when because this is what I’m doing to prevent them from knowing that. That’s sort of what this fight is going to be for me. Okay, Robbie knows I can do this, he knows I can do that. I know what he can do. So how am I going to overcome that?”
While Hendricks hasn’t fought since UFC 171, Lawler has earned a split decision win over Rory MacDonald and scored a stoppage win over Jake Ellenberger.
UFC 181 will be hosted by the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will also feature lightweight champ Anthony Pettis taking on Gilbert Melendez.
Urijah Faber Set to Battle Francisco Rivera Next
Urijah Faber is the latest big name to be added to the line-up for UFC 181, as the promotion has announced that the accomplished fighter has agreed to face Francisco Rivera at the event.
The December 6th card will be hosted by the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Faber (31-7) is coming off a third round, submission win over Alex Caceres in July, after being stopped by former bantamweight champ Renan Barao in February. Faber, who is currently ranked #3 in the UFC’s 135 division, has gone 4-1 in his last 5 bouts.
Rivera (10-3) will be looking to rebound from a unanimous decision loss he suffered versus contender Takeya Mizugaki in May. Prior to the defeat, Rivera had gone undefeated in six straight fights. The bantamweight is currently ranked #11.
UFC 181 will also feature welterweight champ Johny Hendricks taking on Robbie Lawler, and lightweight champ Anthony Pettis versus Gilbert Melendez.
NFC COMING NOVEMBER 22
THIS WEEK'S TV FIGHTS
Telemundo - Oct 24 (11:35PM ET/PT)
Edwin Rodriguez vs. Ricardo Rodriguez
PPV - Oct 25 (10PM ET/7PM PT)
Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes 2
(UFC featherweight title)
UniMas - Oct 25 (11PM ET/PT)
Jose Ramirez vs. David Rodela