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Morning Report: Dana White blames Cain Velasquez's injury history on 'stone age' gym

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

UFC president Dana White hasn't always been a big fan of the sport's elite trainers.

He may have retired Greg Jackson's 'sport killer' moniker, but he has choice words for UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez's American Kickboxing Academy camp in San Jose.

Speaking with Setanta Sports, White made it known he isn't happy watching one of his biggest stars sit on the shelf nursing injury after injury.

"Some of the camps are still in the stone ages and need to be brought up to date," White said. "AKA is one of those places. You've got Cain Velasquez, our heavyweight champion, who's always hurt. Those guys go to war every day."

Velasquez hasn't competed since scoring a TKO victory over former champion Junior dos Santos at UFC 166 in October 2013.

The champ was meant to star in the promotion's debut event in Mexico at UFC 180, but was forced to withdraw less than a month before fight night due to a torn MCL and meniscus suffered in training.

Prior to Velasquez being re-booked to face interim champion Fabrício Werdum June 13 at UFC 188, White set a deadline stating that if the champion was unfit to fight by March 2015 he could have been stripped of his title.

"He's training for a fight and he's going to war with Daniel Cormier every day," said White. "That's not how it's done. Not anymore. We need to educate a lot more."

White noted the UFC's snake-bitten 2012 and 2014 campaigns, saying he would have never believed so many main and co-main events could fall through due to injury.

"We're working on how to try to fix things like that," said White. "Obviously educating the fighters on training better, training safer. We're building a new headquarters in Las Vegas. We break ground in June and it will be done the following June in 2016. We're building a huge facility for rehab and therapy.

"Normally what we would do is say, '[Conor McGregor], you blew your ACL out. We're going to send you to the best surgeon in the country and then come back and let us know when you're ready.' No [major sports franchise] does that."

With the help of the new facility, White says the promotion will work to reduce injuries by 'controlling the uncontrollable.'

"Now we're going to take the guys in and when they have surgery, they're going to be there in our facility with the best therapists recovering," White said. "We're going to watch over them and we're going to continue to educate these guys on how to train safer. We're going to try to fix the things you normally can't control. We're going to try to control the uncontrollable."



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