Dana White Comments On Cain Velasquez's Recovery
Posted by Joseph Lee on 04.29.2014
He wants the best show possible...
MMA Junkie reports that during the announcement of a heavyweight title fight between currently injured champion Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum (after the first Latin American season of the Ultimate Fighter), Dana White commented on the recovery of Valesquez. The event, UFC 180, happens in Mexico City on November 15 and is the first UFC event in the country.
Werdum's win over Travis Browne gave him the shot at Velasquez and it gives the UFC a main event featuring two Spanish-speaking fighters for a Mexican show. However, it could be affected if something goes wrong with Velasquez's recovery.
When asked if the champion might be replaced if he was injured before the event, White said: "Bite your tongue, sir. Bite your tongue. Hopefully that doesn't happen. Obviously, I think that having Cain here is very important. And obviously it's very important to have the heavyweight title fight here, especially coming off ‘The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America' after these two coach. This is the fight business; it's a contact sport. Anything is possible. Anything can happen. We'll ride this thing out and see what happens. I want to make sure when we come to Mexico for the first time, I bring the best possible event, the best possible fight, and we really blow the doors off this thing. I just want to do it the right way. We'll see what happens."
Werdum joked: "I don't mind if Cain wants to fight with an injury. I would love it."
White then said: "You bite your tongue, too, sir."
Velasquez injured his shoulder in October during a third fight with Junior Dos Santos at UFC 166. Dos Santos won the belt in November 2011 at UFC on FOX 1 then lost it to Velasquez, the only man to ever beat him, at UFC 155. UFC officials will be following the champ's performance on PPV and his live draw at the Arena Mexico, which can hold 16,500 fans. Televisa, the promotion's Mexican TV partner, will do a lot of promotion after the success of TUF: Latin America and UFC 180. It's owned by the largest Latin American media company Groupo Televisa.