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Cain Velasquez details UFC 207 NSAC issues, appeal being rejected

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Cain Velasquez explains the entire situation surrounding his removal from UFC 207.

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Cain Velasquez hasn’t had the easiest December. The former UFC heavyweight champion had been preparing for a rematch with Fabricio Werdum at UFC 207, but the fact that he publicized an injury apparently ended up getting him removed from the card. There were a lot of twists and turns along the way though, and Velasquez wanted to clear the air about everything that happened.

So he took to Facebook to do exactly that.

To all of my fans, family and friends, As you can imagine the last few days have been very challenging. However,...

Posted by Cain Velasquez on Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Most of the facts from there have been reported already, but there is some interesting new information. According to Velasquez, the Nevada State Athletic Commission removed him from the bout before they received the test results that they themselves had requested. Cain and his team also requested an emergency hearing on Christmas Day because they “believed the commission had come to a conclusion without full knowledge of all the medical facts.”

After sending in his test results, training videos, and even offering to fly to Vegas to get examined on the 26th, his appeal was ultimately declined on the 27th.

Velasquez, as always, was classy about the situation, saying that NSAC was professional and thanking them for dealing with it over the holidays. Ultimately though, he won’t be fighting. He says he’ll be back after his surgery, which is scheduled for early January.

Werdum has been removed from the card due how close UFC 207 is - it goes down on December 30th.