Velasquez was submitted by Werdum at UFC 188 earlier this month, which marked the first time the former heavyweight champ had fought since October, 2013. The loss shocked a lot of people, since Velasquez has long been regarded as the planet’s best heavyweight. Since the fight, the consensus has been that the layoff, coupled with the fact Velasquez didn’t head out to Mexico early enough to acclimatize to the altitude, contributed to his downfall.
“C’mon man, just say ‘this guy is an idiot. Cain Velasquez did not train properly for the fight. He’s a moron and he got his ass kicked, and he deserved to he get his kicked.’ He’s supposed to be the world heavyweight champion, he doesn’t have enough sense to go somewhere and get acclimated to the climate or the altitude? Geez, he’s training at sea level, he’s going to fight at 7800 feet. You know, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell you, you gotta get in there one or two months beforehand. And if he’s not smart enough, at least his trainer should be smart enough to tell him that.”
How about that huh? Frye went on to say that Velasquez doesn’t deserve a rematch, as a result of not properly preparing for the bout. While Velasquez didn’t blame the loss solely on his decision to stay in California until two weeks out from the bout, he did admit the altitude may have played a factor.
Werdum, as you probably heard, headed out to Mexico over a month in advance, and certainly appeared to be the better conditioned fighter on June 13th. Although, the amount of strikes he sent Velasquez’s way, certainly played a big role in slowing down the now former champ.
As far as Werdum, UFC boss man Dana White has already said that either Stipe Miocic or Andrei Arlovski will challenge the new champ next.