Cain Velasquez Devastated by Recent Knee Injury
UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez was set to defend his title against Fabricio Werdum in the UFC’s debut in Mexico this weekend. Unfortunately, Velasquez suffered a torn meniscus and sprained MCL in his right knee during training for the fight.
The heartbroken Mexican-American spoke to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour recently to discuss the situation:
“I’ve been through this before, so it sucks. But it’s something that I have to do for my career. I tried everything I could do to make the fight, and I just couldn’t. “I felt (like my knee) was pretty loose. In training I felt like my body would switch one way but my leg would kinda stay in one direction. So I kinda felt like, it wasn’t stable.
It just sucked, you know what I mean. Going through practice everyday, and just limiting, not really doing the stuff that I could do as far as rolling. I tried to roll, some days I could, some days I couldn’t, and I just said, hey, I’m going to just baby it until I get two weeks out, and once I get two weeks out I’m going to try to do everything. Kick, be on the ground, it doesn’t matter, but I’m going to do what I can to make the fight.
And when I finally realized that I can’t do it, it’s just not working for me, it just sucked. It felt like something was destined, you know what I mean. Like, this is where I’m destined to be, I’m destined to fight on this card, and it just didn’t turn out that way. So it was just kind of devastating to me.”
Cain Velasquez hasn’t seen action inside the UFC’s Octagon since his dominant TKO win over Junior dos Santos at UFC 166 in October of 2013.
He and Fabricio Werdum coached opposite each other for the inaugural installment of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America, a season which saw four of the finalist come from Velasquez’s team.
To watch the full segment of Cain Velasquez’s appearance on the MMA Hour — click HERE