Cain Velasquez just can’t catch a break.

On Friday afternoon, UFC officials announced the American Kickboxing Academy product has suffered a back injury, forcing him out of his scheduled title fight against reigning champion Fabricio Werdum at UFC 196 in February

Velasquez (13-2) has previously been forced to sit out for almost two years with a series of injuries, including a torn rotator cuff and meniscus.

The former Champion would later take to Facebook to apologize to both the fans and Werdum for yet another setback to his career.

I’m sure you’ve heard the news that I won’t be able to fight at UFC 196. I can’t begin to tell you how disappointed I am and how I feel I’m letting you all down. I’ve heard and read all of your messages of support since my last fight and during this camp and for that I thank you.

Training camp has been difficult for the last few weeks, but sometimes no matter how much the heart and mind want to fight through an injury, healing has its own timeline. We thought we’d get through it, but we had to face the truth that it wasn’t going to be OK in time to fight. All of us fighters have all fought injured at one time or another, but I can’t ignore this injury, as my doctor has indicated that not addressing the problems with my sciatic nerve could have longer-term consequences.

My fans deserve to see me compete as close to 100% as possible. I’m committed to giving them that. I’m not going to let my fans down, and I want to make sure I do the right things to ensure a long career.

Fabricio, I hope that you accept my sincere apology. I understand how you may think this is an excuse. From one professional to another, I can tell you I was committed and looking forward to competing with you again. I greatly respect you as a fighter and man, and we will meet soon.

I will get this taken care of as soon as possible. I will heal and will come back and show you the Cain Velasquez you all deserve to see.

Sincerely,

Cain

As a result of Velasquez’s injury, the UFC has announced Stipe Miocic will now face Werdum in the new main event, which will take place Feb. 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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