This coming Saturday night, MMA fans would have been treated to a heavyweight title fight between current champion, Cain Velasquez and Number 1 contender, Frabricio Werdum in the UFC's first foray into Mexico. Alas, it was not to be, as that dastardly injury bug did a number on Cain's knee, forcing him out of the fight, making it more than a year since he last touched Octagon canvas.
Velasquez, wo's never really been the chatty type, has been unsurprisingly quiet about his injury until yesterday when he appeared as a guest on The MMA Hour where he talked about the emotional devastation of having to withdraw from the bout:
"I felt (like my knee) was pretty loose," Velasquez explained. "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 (myself), 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."
Velasquez is on track to return to action in early 2015.