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UFC 180: Sorry, but Mark Hunt 'quite happy' Cain Velasquez got injured

Because if he wasn't, then Hunt would still be looking for his much-desired -- and quite elusive -- title shot.

Hannah Peters

One man's misery is another man's fortune.

That's definitely the case in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight division, as the current 265-pound champion, Cain Velasquez, won't get to fight Fabricio Werdum in this weekend's (Sat., Nov 15, 2014) UFC 180 pay-per-view (PPV) event in Mexico City, Mexico.

All thanks to an unfortunate knee injury.

While Cain's smile may be upside down, Hunt is cheesing all the way to his first-ever mixed martial arts (MMA) title fight, and he says he's "quite happy" Cain got injured, seeing as how he was pegged as his late replacement.

"I would say I'm quite happy because Cain was injured," Hunt told FOX Sports. "Sorry Cain. It was good news on my account."

Though I highly doubt Hunt's comments were intended maliciously, Velasquez recently underwent surgery to repair the knee issues which forced him out of the championship bout and sidelined him for the foreseeable future.

In the meantime, "Super Samoan" looks to make the most of his opportunity in Cain's absence. And it all starts by knocking "Vai Cavalo" clean out.

"I'm here to win that No. 1 spot, I'm gonna knock Fabricio out," he continued. "His object is to probably put me down and tire me out. I know that. But all I need is one punch, one knee, one kick. Troubled waters, baby."

While Cain was the beneficiary of some very bad luck, Hunt says the injury also hurt Werdum, as it was his chance to fight the champ. Mushy stuff aside, Hunt insists the show must go on, and he plans to be the star.

"It's bad luck for Cain that he's injured," he said. "It's bad luck for Fabricio, because this was his moment. I'm blessed with the opportunity to come forward. I'm going to take it."

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