Well, it wasn’t the dance partner former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (pictured) was hoping for in his next outing, but that’s what happens when you are more injured than not.
On this week’s edition of “UFC Tonight,” it was reported the planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion is targeting to have Velasquez battle Travis Browne at UFC 200.
Velasquez was slated to rematch champ Fabricio Werdum at UFC 196, but Velasquez was forced to withdraw at the last second with a back injury. Now that Velasquez’s surgically-repaired back is good to go, the 33-year-old is looking to take back what he believes is his.
Unfortunately for Velasquez, Werdum has been assigned to Stipe Miocic at UFC 198 so he’ll have to settle for Browne in the meantime.
Velasquez hasn’t been seen since getting submitted by Werdum to lose his heavyweight crown in June.
Hopefully for Velasquez’s sake, he was working on perfecting his eye poke defense during his hiatus.
Browne is looking to build off January’s highly controversial TKO victory over Matt Mitrione. Browne connected on multiple accidental eye pokes throughout their three round affair, which ultimately caused Mitrione to suffer blurred vision.
Then THIS happened.
Referee Gary Forman never deducted any points from Browne for the inadvertent strikes. Mitrione, who rolled the dice by entering the contest with free agency looming and is now with Bellator MMA, is in the process appealing the outcome to be overturned to a no contest.
Browne has alternated between wins and losses over his past five bouts. “Mr. Ronda Rousey” hasn’t recorded consecutive wins since beating Josh Barnett in December 2013 after knocking out Alistair Overeem.
The brand new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada is expected to host the historic event. No other bouts have been reported for the lineup at this time.