If you get UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez to talk trash about an opponent, it's probably going to sound a lot like this: "UFC didn't give him the real belt because they didn't think he was the champ, so, I mean, he's not... There's a title that comes with that: 'interim champion,' it's not the real one..."
Basic, factual, not exactly the kind of stuff that lights up fan interest for one of the best MMA talents on the planet. So, with UFC 188 fast approaching, Velasquez's opponent, Fabricio Werdum, decided to take fight promotion into his own hands, telling UFC Embedded that he feels "more Mexican than Cain." And that Cain is "an American that thinks he's Mexican." it's a solid slap in the face for a fighter that the UFC has been pushing as their "Mexican Heavyweight Champion" for quite a while now.
"The last guy who said things about Cain was Junior [dos Santos], he said he hits soft," Cormier said at Thursday's UFC 188 media day at the Hyatt Regency. "And he got beat up twice. So I think Fabricio would have been better off keeping quiet."
"He should have just kept his mouth shut," Cormier continued. "I mean, he was going to lose anyway, but it would have been like Bigfoot [Silva], you take your whupping and you keep moving on."
It could be that the interim champ just made things awful personal for a high stakes fight in front of Mexican fans. Velasquez has never managed to get over the way that it seemed he would back when he defeated Brock Lesnar for the belt, but this is setting up to be a very very important fight for the future of his career, especially when it comes to making an impact on the Mexican combat sports market.