Stipe Miocic Understands Why Fabricio Werdum Declined Fight

Written by Tom Ngo
January 26th, 2016

UFC Stipe Miocic

Stipe Miocic (pictured) was promised the winner of the February 6 title tilt between heavyweight champion Fabrico Werdum and Cain Velasquez after knocking out Andrei Arlovski in just 54 seconds at UFC 195.

Understanding Velasquez’s intimate relationship with the injury bug, Miocic was right back in the gym the next week just in case Velasquez got hurt again. Miocic’s foresight paid off Sunday when Velasquez pulled out of UFC 196 with a lower back injury.

And just like that, Miocic scored the championship affair he has long been clamoring for – albeit on 13 days’ notice, but he was down.

Yeah, about that…

Less than 24 hours later, reports surfaced that Werdum was declining the last minute tango against Miocic citing an injury that he would have fought Velasquez with but not Miocic.

The UFC has yet to address the drama, but Miocic seems to understand why Werdum doesn’t want any.

“To be honest I wouldn’t want to fight me either you guys,” Miocic tweeted.

Miocic owns a 14-2 professional record. The 33-year-old is victorious in five of his past six outings, with the lone blemish during his current run coming three fights ago in a highly controversial decision defeat to former champ Junior dos Santos.

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