According to his trainer and manager 'Crazy' Bob Cook, UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez has undergone the first of two MRI's on his left shoulder to rule out whether or not he'll need surgery.
After Mexican media outlet Milenio broke a report that the UFC was days away from officially announcing the promotion's first event south of the border, UFC president Dana White dispelled it as false.
"We haven't offered anyone a fight for that card and Cain is injured right now and might need surgery. Obviously, we're not going to Mexico without Cain Velasquez."
The report stated the event, UFC 172, would be taking place in late April in Mexico City and would pit Velasquez against No. 1 heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum.
Cook says he's waiting on the results from the second MRI before making any moves, as any procedure weighs heavily on the UFC's plans.
"He's had one MRI already, but we're going to get another one that is hopefully of better quality," says Cook. "He hurt it during the fight, but we're not exactly sure when or how it happened."
Velasquez most recently defended his title to former champion Junior dos Santos, stopping him by technical knockout late in round 5 of their bout at UFC 166 in October.
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Fight for the Troops results. Get caught up on all that went down last night at Fort Campbell.
Kennedy injured pre-fight. Tim Kennedy reveals he suffered a serious leg injury prior to his bout with Rafael Natal, but that nothing was going to make him miss it. "You would've had to kill me to prevent me from getting in that cage tonight. I swear to god."
20 in 20. Chuck Mindenhall's series reaches 2004. Lee Murray mocks Tito Ortiz, B.J. Penn leaves town and Matt Hughes meets Georges St-Pierre.
Live Chat. Luke Thomas talks MMA's latest happenings and answers your questions in this week's chat wrap.
The Towel. Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer says throwing in the towel is a foul because it may cause confusion or panic.
Fight for the Troops post-fight press conference.
Highlights from Fight for the Troops.
This week's Tommy Toe Hold Show.
UFC Primetime: St-Pierre vs. Hendricks - Episode 2.
Action from Shockwave Combate MMA 4 .
Wellington Fernandes vs Welder Pyter. This gets weird towards the end.
Edson Cabelo vs. Renan Codorna
Marcus Vinicius vs. Luciano Marques
A few wild finishes from last weekend.
As always, check out our Pros React piece to see how they saw last night's action.
I want to thank my opponent @rafaelsaponatal for stepping up on short notice to fight me in the @UFC on my home turf when no one else would.— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) November 7, 2013
Thanks 4 all the Love & Support !! U guys ROCK !!! Love my fans #OperationMenace— Dennis Bermudez (@MenaceBermudez) November 7, 2013
I feel honored to be apart of #UFCFightForTheTroops.The soldiers were intense.You guys deserve a break & show.Thanks 4 protecting us ! @ufc— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunsonMMA) November 7, 2013
Better luck next time.
For all you guys saying I was faking and it was on the "belt line". I'm a lot of things but a liar isn't one. pic.twitter.com/Q25pHkIu97— James Krause (@TheJamesKrause) November 7, 2013
Nothing but love for you @BobbyKGreen. Not your call. Enjoy the win! It was an honor to fight you.— James Krause (@TheJamesKrause) November 7, 2013
Hats off to @da_MONSOON . Hell of a fight. I lost vision in the 1st rd. Thank you to the troops for letting us fight! @danawhite @ufc— Chris Camozzi (@ChrisCamozzi) November 6, 2013
It's getting ugly.
@UrijahFaber @EASPORTSUFC you will always be second place to me :)) something's are written in stone. Regardless if you win or not— michael (@bisping) November 7, 2013
I'm not on GQ top 25 best looking men for no reason, the @EASPORTSUFC cover needs a makeover and I'm THAT GUY #voteweidman— Chris Weidman (@ChrisWeidmanUFC) November 7, 2013
Beautifully executed #RNC by @holdsworth135 on #TUF18. Looked similar to @MikeMav22 #RNC tonight @UFCONFOX #fightforthetroops #welldoneguys!— Julianna Peña (@VenezuelanVixen) November 7, 2013
Shout out to @mikewootten. Much respect brotha. You were 1 of my favorites to hang out with in the #TUF18 house. You're good people.— Chris Holdsworth (@holdsworth135) November 7, 2013
Proud of @holdsworth135 #TeamTate #Tuf18 show some love for him and give him a follow!— Miesha Tate (@MieshaTate) November 7, 2013
Announced yesterday (Nov. 6 2013)
FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via MikeMorganMMA.
With Jimi Manuwa now revealed as the new opponent who will headline against former Alliance team mate Alexander Gustafsson when the UFC pitch up their tentpole in the UK next March, it appears that the stage is now set for what will be one of the UK's most highly anticipated fights in recent history. As usual the UFC's matchmakers have pulled out all the stops to ensure the replacement surpassed the original match up. In all fairness Lil Nog vs Alexander Gustafsson was never a fight to order a Dominoes Pizza for.
Gustafsson's opponent was exclusively revealed on BT Sports flagship Mixed Martial Arts Magazine Show Beyond the Octagon. To minimal introduction or teasing Gareth A Davies announced that the two men will square off on March 8th. This will probably please Jon Jones who recently complained that "Top contenders were not fighting top contenders." For him only a match up with Cormier made sense. Jones recently revealed to me when he visited London that he thought highly of Manuwa. What's been unspoken so far is this is a huge matchup with significant title contention implications.
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