This is the part of the story where we realize the old-school champion that we rallied to rise like a phoenix in an attempt to revive all that was good about MMA by winning gold in the Octagon was not a silent Russian, not a horse-eating behemoth, no. He wasn’t a dropper of H-Bombs, it would be Mark Hunt who would step up with a nonchalant shrug. With Cain Velasquez’s latest injury (a meniscus injury in the right knee) putting him on the shelf until some time in 2015, Fabricio Werdum and Mark Hunt will fight for the interim heavyweight title at UFC 180 in three weeks.
Good for Hunto, shitty for Cain, who hasn’t fought an opponent other than Bigfoot Silva or JDS since October, 2010 (when he took the belt from Brock). Cain’s starting to look like the best champion that never was, while Werdum, prepared and seemingly at an untouchable prime with newfangled standup faces Mark Hunt, the only human whose fists put a dent in an adamantium plate for the ultimate glory.
Iztaccihuatl will rumble, bombs will be thrown, or Werdum will take down Hunt and submit him at will. Either way, I find myself more excited for this fight than Cain vs Werdum. Is that just me?