Fabricio Werdum is also out of UFC 196 event scheduled Feb. 6, 2016. The news comes just a day after Cain Velasquez announced via Facebook that he is withdrawing from the fight due to back injury.
After Velasquez pulled out, Stipe Miocic came in as the replacement fighter to face the heavyweight champion but with Werdum withdrawing from the fight, the future of the match hangs by thread.
No announcement has been made until now as to who will replace Werdum or whether the fight will push through.
MMA Fighting reports that the Brazilian announced his decision to journalists on Monday. Stating that he has a foot injury and was already injured, Werdum hasn’t been able to throw kicks in training for two weeks now.
“I would still fight Cain because I was injured the last time, but I also hurt my back last Friday. I went to the doctor, tried to continue training, but couldn’t spar as I should spar,” Werdum added.
Stating that he is not “100 percent” fit, Werdum made the decision in consultation with the team.
“If Cain was the opponent, I would go on. It’s not his fault, it’s nobody’s fault. Injuries happen. You can’t avoid them. I have no option. I made this decision because I’m not feeling 100 percent,” Werdum added.
“I made this decision together with my team. We decided not to fight. Cain can’t fight. I was going to hide the injury one more time, like I always did. I tried to hide it, but couldn’t this time. I can’t fight if I’m not 100 percent to put on a show like I always did.”
The Brazilian also revealed that he will be back in action in “two or three months”.
Acknowledging that it took him a long time to get where he is now, he is not the one however, to risk it all just for the sake of pride.
“It took me a long time to get here and win this belt, be the champion, to throw everything away because I’m not 100 percent,” Werdum said.
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