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Knee, not punch, let me down against Francis Ngannou



PHOENIX – Cain Velasquez said it was his knee that caused his downfall in his headliner against Francis Ngannou.

Although Ngannou (13-3 MMA, 8: 2 (UFC) was chosen as winner by a knockout victory in their UFC at the ESPN 1 main event, Velasquez (14-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) said that instead, he was not hurt by beatings, instead he said it was his body that gave in.

"He did not even touch me," Velasquez MMAjunkie touched in the Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix, where the ESPN television broadcast took place. "It was just the knee – as soon as I felt my knee kink it was as if I could not believe it had happened and that was it."

At the press conference after the fight, Velasquez stated that his meniscus and the medial Collateral ligament (MCL) was the cause of the injury, owing nothing to referee Jason Herzog he stepped to the 0: 26 mark of the opening picture when he fell on the screen.

"The referee saw my knee kink," he said. "His job is to make sure we're 100 percent safe, and he did. The referee did the right job tonight. "

However, for the former heavyweight UFC champion, it was a heartwarming turnaround that struck the octagon after almost three years of injury after nearly three years. Velasquez said he had no problems in the training camp and felt great as he walked into the octagon.

"When I knew what I was doing in the last three years and two months to prepare for this camp, I felt ready," he said. "The octagon was the place I had to be, and I felt great when I came back. I felt great with him and again is the unusual accident when the knee jumped out, it's frustrating.

"We will have everything checked. The fire is still strong in me. I think I have a lot to prove and I am very capable of doing that. "

Velasquez previously said that a loss could trigger retirement. But he was careful when it came to making final decisions.

"We'll see what happens," he said. "I take care of everything and do my best. I feel that if I can be the best, I really do not, and that's not the case with this whole camp. It just something happened. It's more frustrating for the people watching me. They expect a lot from me, and I expect more from myself.

Following his loss, Velasquez, a former outstanding wrestler at Arizona State University, a friendly crowd, said he had come too close to Ngannou too soon for his second straight win.

"I saw all the shots that Francis threw. I saw its speed, and on video it looked much faster than being there. When I saw his timing, I felt great. I felt like I could go inside. I turned it back to the cage and my knee gives way.

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