Following Fabricio Werdum’s decision to drop out of UFC 196, the heavyweight champ has been taking plenty of verbal shots and he isn’t happy about it.
As you likely know, recently Cain Velasquez withdrew from his rematch with Werdum because of a back injury. Stipe Miocic was tapped as Werdum’s new opponent, but then the latter announced he was also withdrawing from the February 6th card. “Vai Cavalho” reported he also was injured, but, said he wouldn’t have dropped out if Velasquez was still fighting.
Well, following a cavalcade of criticism, Werdum released a statement defending his decision. Here is some of what he said (quote via Bloody Elbow.com):
“…I say that was the best decision I’ve ever made because I can see who’s who, and who’s with me in the toughest hours. I wasn’t able to do what I love. I love to fight and train so I can go there and put on a show and interact with the fans. This glamour that the fight business has motivates me, but at the same time it unmotivated me.
I haven’t fought after training hard and dedicating with my team and all my coaches, and see this. I was able to see all this. How people are mean. Those people who criticize me have to look inside themselves, see how their lives are, and think about it. ‘I’m criticizing him, but how am I? Am I happy with myself? Am I happier when I’m criticizing the other?'”
Since UFC 196 no longer features a heavyweight title fight it’s been moved to FOX Sports 1.