Velasquez was expected to defend his title vs. Werdum, but a knee injury knocked him out of action. Instead, Werdum and Hunt will meet for the interim title.
“I think Werdum,” Velasquez said, when asked to make a prediction. “I think Mark Hunt just has that knockout power. I think Werdum, with his length and his wrestling, (he) has it. On the feet, with the power that Hunt has, he has a chance of winning, but that’s pretty much it.”
Velasquez (13-1) hasn’t foughtt since last October when he finished Junior dos Santos. His last five fights – spanning three years this month – have come vs. either dos Santos or Antonio Silva.