Is Cain Velasquez's Injury Cheating Fans At UFC 180?
Is Velasquez's Injury Cheating Fans?
Are MMA fans worldwide being robbed of an amazing opportunity to witness history?
With Cain Velasquez being the UFC's first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent, it only seemed fitting that he would help to headline the UFC's first ever live event from Mexico City, Mexico at UFC 180.
Unfortunately due to a recent injury, Cain Velasquez had to walk away from this fight, which left an opportunity for top heavyweight favorite, Mark Hunt, to step in. While not being of Mexican descent myself, I completely understand the significance of this fight. Watching the top heavyweight of the world, return to the country of his origin for the first time in the UFC's history to defend the belt in the main event, against another one of the top heavyweights in the world was going to be electrifying to watch. Not to say that the current fight won't be good, it's just not what fans were expecting.
You also have to consider that UFC 180, Velasquez vs. Werdum, was announced many, many months ago. We heard about this fight very early in 2014, so there was already a ton of anticipation just to buy tickets to this fight. Velasquez himself has not fought since 2013, so the fans were anxious to see some movement in the heavyweight division. With Cain being injured, that puts a lot of things on hold. Now you have Fabricio Werdum and Mark Hunt fighting for the heavyweight interim belt, which in many people's minds is still not good enough to be considered a true champion. Although both fighters are well respected and top contenders, they won't have the true respect they deserve until they beat the guy at the top, who has already beat all the guys at the top.
I'm sure Mexican MMA fans were losing their minds when they heard this fight announced for the first time, especially discovering that the UFC was making it's first trip to Mexico. I'm sure Cain would have received the same adoration that Conor Mcgregor receives from his hometown fans, or the same adoration that the Brazilian fighters like Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort receive when they go home, or any fighter that gets to showcase their skills on their home turf. Cain Velasquez may eventually fight in Mexico on a future UFC card, but I don't think it will ever be as good as the first time.