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Cain Velasquez scratched from UFC 207, deemed “unfit to fight” by NSAC

The injury woes of former two-time 34-year-old UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (14-2-0) reared its ugly head this week as he was pulled from UFC 207 on Dec. 24 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).

Velasquez was scheduled to fight former champion Fabricio Werdum.

“Based on medical records, interviews and the best judgment of Chairman Anthony Marnell, attorney general J. Brin Gibson, the executive director’s office and our physicians, in an effort to protect the health and safety of the athletes, it’s been determined Cain Velasquez is unfit to fight,” the NSAC said in an official statement.

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The UFC released the following statement on their website.

“Saturday afternoon, UFC was informed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that Cain Velasquez is unfit to fight. As a result, the former two-time heavyweight champion has been removed from his Dec. 30 bout against Fabricio Werdum at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

UFC 207, which is headlined by the women’s bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey, will proceed with 10 bouts.”

Velasquez, who revealed previously to ESPN that he had trouble standing upright for more than 10 minutes because of pain in his lower body, combined with pain in his lower right leg, also had back surgery scheduled for after the fight, took to Twitter to voice his uncertainty prior to the NSAC’s decision.

Velasquez recently joined the new Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association late last month and in a media conference call, outlined some of his injuries and the importance for fighters to to have good long-term healthcare plans.

UFC 207 will proceed Dec. 30 without a replacement bout. Women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes will defend her belt against former champion Ronda Rousey in the main event.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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