Following Cain Velasquez pulling out of UFC 196 due to injury, Stipe Miocic was quick to jump at the opportunity, but now Fabricio Werdum has pulled out as well.
Velasquez was scheduled to take on heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum in the main event on February 6.
However, the American has been forced to pull out due to a back injury. The UFC replaced Velasquez with Miocic.
But then another spanner was thrown in the works, with Werdum withdrawing from the fight, citing a foot injury.
This has left Miocic and his camp upset and UFC Chairman Dana White with a unique problem to solve.
Greg, Kalikas, Miocic’s manager, believes Werdum should have gone ahead with the fight.
“We’re extremely disappointed to hear that Werdum is pulling out of the fight,” Kalikas told mmafighting.com.
“If he’s [Werdum is] healthy enough to defend against Cain, we can’t understand why he’s not healthy enough to fight Stipe, who would only have 12 days to prepare for him as it stands.
“A champion shouldn’t pick and choose opponents. A true champion fights all comers. If he won’t fight Stipe with a short camp, are we supposed to believe he’d fight Stipe coming off a full training camp? No, he wouldn’t… and that’s a bad look for the supposed best heavyweight on the planet. All we can hope is that Werdum ‘heals’ up quick and will agree to fight Stipe sooner rather than later.”