After Velasquez withdrawal, Werdum calls for Stipe Miocic rematch in 2017

This Friday, the UFC will close the curtains on an unforgettable year with UFC 207. The card is a fittingly stacked one.

In the main event, we’ll see [women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes take on returning former champ Ronda…

Regrettably, though, the card did lose one of its most anticipated battles late last week: a heavyweight rematch between former champions Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez. This bout was cancelled when Velasquez was forced out of the contest with an injury. Though the American Kickboxing Academy star apparently had every intention to fight injured – and was cleared by a doctor to do so – the Nevada State Athletic Commission ultimately deemed him ‘unfit’ to fight, and so he was pulled from the card. When no replacement opponent could be found for Werdum, he too was removed from the UFC 207 lineup.