Former UFC heavyweight champion has been criticized by fans and media for pulling out of fights because on injuries and sitting on the sidelines for long periods of time due to them. Speaking to MMAJunkie recently, Velasquez admitted that he needed to make changes in his training camp to make sure he makes it to fight day, which is the most important thing:
Another fight-canceling injury made the former champ realize he couldn’t continue training the same way if he hoped to compete regularly, much less win back the title.
“Things change in your body,” said Velasquez, whose repeated troubles led to the promotion of Stipe Miocic to No. 1 contender. “All the injuries that have happened, the most important thing is making the fight – not just for me, but for the fans also.
“I don’t want to be out. I want to be active and I want to fight. That’s what I’m here. This is my job, and I love my job, so I want to do it.”
The biggest story in MMA this week is undoubtedly the stand-off between the UFC and Conor McGregor. McGregor has refused to take part in the current PR tour for UFC 200 and the promotion pulled him from the card and his bout with Nate Diaz.
Former UFC welterweight title contender Dan Hardy to MMAJunkie to give his take on the situation, which he believes is all about respect:
“I think it’s about respect more than anything,” Hardy told MMAjunkie.
“I think that both parties are feeling disrespected: Conor, by not being given the leeway that he wants on his training, and Dana and the UFC, feeling like he’s not holding up his end of the bargain by not coming in and filming the commercial. A part of that is him digging his heels in and saying he needs to be more focused on training than the PR stuff. I get it.”
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Hardy went on to say McGregor laid out his side quite well in his Facebook post.
“I think his statement was very well written, and I think he stated his case very well,” Hardy said. “When he spoke about that a time comes when you need to stop handing out fliers, I think he’s feeling the pressure of that loss and the pressure of the fight that’s coming up.”