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Dana White: "If Cain couldn’t compete again, the winner of this fight would be seen as the champion"

Dana White has a slightly different take on the interim belt than Cain Velasquez.

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Somebody might want to tell Cain Velasquez, that any more time on the sidelines, and this interim title fight might be worth a lot more than just an interim belt. Velasquez recently told the assembled media that he felt the UFC 180 headliner was an interim fight for an interim belt, "not 'the' champion.' Which makes perfect sense from his point of view. Afterall, nobody's taking the belt from around his waist... yet.

Dana White recently released a statement through UFC.com on the state of the heavyweight title, and his take on the "interim" tag on this weekend's title was a bit more foreboding. It sounds like, if Cain can't make his return in reasonably short order, the winner tomorrow will be UFC champ before long.

"We're headed in that direction now," White said. "This next fight in Mexico is for the interim title. So if Cain couldn't compete again, the winner of this fight would be seen as the champion."

What do you think, has Cain officially entered Dominick Cruz territory, where it's more sensible to strip him than to continue to promote your best fighters as interim title holders? Or should the UFC not risk removing status from a fighter they see as so key to their expansion into the Mexican fanbase?