The Nevada State Athletic Commission has deemed Cain Velasquez unable to compete at UFC 207 on Dec. 30 and he has been pulled from the card. Velasquez was scheduled to rematch fellow former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum. Due to the short notice of finding a replacement, Werdum will also not be competing.
UFC released the following statement:
“Saturday afternoon, UFC was informed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that Cain Velasquez is unfit to fight. As a result, the former two-time heavyweight champion has been removed from his Dec. 30 bout against Fabricio Werdum at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
UFC 207, which is headlined by the women’s bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey, will proceed with 10 bouts.”
Werdum and Velasquez first clashed at UFC 188 in June 2015 in a title unification bout. At the time, Velasquez held the UFC heavyweight title and Werdum held the interim belt. Werdum unified the belts with a third round submission win over the American Kickboxing Academy product.
Velasquez has only fought once since then, scoring a first round TKO over Travis Browne at UFC 200 in July. Werdum ended up losing the belt to Stipe Miocic in May of this year, but rebounded with a unanimous decision over Travis Browne in September.
Werdum and Velasquez are currently ranked number one and two in the division respectively.