“I’m really outraged. How does a person leaves a fight versus Brock Lesnar in perfect physical condition and then get hurt without being in training? The last news I heard about Velasquez, he was riding in Mexico. How did he get injured? I’m in the best moment of my career, training heavily and working hard to put on the fight of my life, and all of a sudden, this is postponed for eight months. That’s unfair… I’m five months without fighting, fighting is my life, not just because I love doing it, but also because I need to fight for a living. I don’t make as much money as the top fighters, so I really need to work… Of course it would be fantastic to face Velasquez at ‘UFC Rio’, in August, but I can’t keep myself one year away from the Octagon only waiting for his recovering… so I do think what would be most fair, would be Dana gives me the opportunity to fight for an interim belt.”
It’s definitely a tough break for JDS. He had his title shot lined up only to have it taken away by the injury bug that has a tendency to bite at the most unfortunate times in this sport. I doubt it would make him feel better but Velasquez’s trainer did say it happened during the Lesnar fight. They just chose to keep it under wraps until they got a clear answer on the severity of the injury, which they didn’t find out till last week.
I know JDS wants a belt, but there’s really no point to an interim title if Velasquez is only going to be out 6-8 months. It sucks, but it looks like JDS is gonna have to win one more fight before he gets his shot at UFC gold.
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