PHOENIX – Cain Velasquez said his knee caused his fall in the headliner against Francis Nganoyou
Although Nganu (13-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) was recognized as the knockout winner in their UFC on ESPN 1 main event, Velasquez (14-3 MMA, UFC 12-3) said he was not hit by blows. Instead, he said that his body had been issued.
"He did not even touch me," Velasquez told MMAjunkie at Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix, where the ESPN television event was held. – It was just a knee. As soon as I felt the knee of a buckle, it was, as I could not believe what had happened, and it was.
At a press conference after the fight, Velasquez suggested that his meniscus and medial collateral connective tissue (MCL) were the source of injury. He did not blame judge Jason Herzog in the introduction to the 0:26 opening frame when he fell to the canvas.
"Referees have seen my knee," he said. – His job is to make sure we are 100 percent safe, and he did it.
However, it was an unexpected turn of events for the former UFC heavyweight champion who made his octagon after nearly three years of sports due to injuries. Velasquez said that he had no problems in the training camp and felt himself an excellent stroke in the octagon.
"Knowing what I was doing in the last three years and two months when preparing for this camp, I felt ready," he said. "The octagon is where I should be, and I felt a great return. I felt great with him, and again, the accident of a broken knee is a disappointment.
"We will check everything. I have a strong fire again. I think I will have to prove a lot, and I am very capable of doing this.
Velasquez said in advance that the loss could lead to retirement. But he was cautious in making any final decisions.
"We will see what will happen," he said. "I'm going all around and doing it for my best abilities. I feel that if I can be better, I really will not do it, and this does not apply to all this camp. This is just what happened. People are no longer happy to look at me. They expect a lot from me, and I expect more from myself. "
After his loss, Velasquez, a former wrestler in Arizona, told the friendly crowd that he was approaching Nganoou too early, who chose.
"I saw all the shots Franzis threw. I saw its speed, and it looked much faster on the video than being there. Seeing his time, I felt great. I felt that I could get inside. I turned it back into the cage and gave out my knee. "
For full UFC coverage on ESPN 1, check the UFC section of the site's event.