Cain Velasquez Not Suspended 6 Months, Commission Claims Mistake
Cain Velasquez fans, rejoice! The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, the body who oversaw UFC 166, has retracted its earlier report that UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (shown above, left, fighting Junior dos Santos) would be suspended for six months with a broken jaw. The commission stated that those facts were posted incorrectly.
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is healthy and well following his successful title defense against Junior dos Santos at UFC 166 – and his jaw, as it turns out, is perfectly fine.
Following his most recent fight at UFC 166, the commission who oversaw the event reported that Velasquez had been suspended six months due to a broken jaw. The Velasquez camp responded pretty soon after with confusion, saying that the champ had not sustained any injury.
Earlier today, BJPENN.COM confirmed prior reports with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation that clarified the situation. The commission claimed responsibility for the incorrect report, saying that the initial release was an error.
“After review of the UFC 166 information it has been determined the Velasquez/dos Santos suspensions were posted incorrectly,” the statement read.
A representative from Velasquez’s camp said that the champ’s jaw was fine and clarified that he received a suspension of only 15 days for precautionary reasons.
The initial suspension for Junior dos Santos, who suffered a 5th round TKO at the hands of Velasquez, will stand as initially reported. The former champion is suspended indefinitely pending clearance from an ear, nose and throat doctor. When cleared, he still faces a minimum suspension of 180 days without contact.