Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is currently gearing up for his UFC 207 scrap with Fabricio Werdum, which will not only serve as Velasquez’ shot at redemption at ‘Vai Calvao’, but also as the heavyweight #1 contender fight.
Ahead of the fight, both men are coming off wins, which returned them to the win column. Werdum’s win came in October at UFC 203, where he defeated Travis Browne via unanimous decision. Velasquez’ win on the other hand came as a UFC 200 TKO win over Travis Browne.
With Velasquez and Werdum set to step into the Octagon for a heavyweight #1 contender fight, many fans are wondering when the winner will face Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight title. If Velasquez defeats Werdum, it could be some time before we see Miocic vs. Velasquez, because as the former champ revealed this week when he and several other fighters announced the formation of the MMAAA, he already has surgery scheduled for after his fight with Werdum:
“I wanted to talk about something that I know far too well,” Velasquez said. “My first fight in the UFC was in 2008. Since that time, I’ve had seven surgeries. Two mensicus surgeries, one MCL surgery on my right knee, taking cartilage out of my left elbow, both shoulder I’ve had torn labrums that needed repairing, and back surgery. I have a fight Dec. 30. After that fight, I’m already scheduled for my next surgery.”
“It’s not just for me, it’s for other UFC fighters who are going through the same thing and have gone through the same thing,” Velasquez said. “For us, in the future, there is no post-retirement health plan. That’s why I think it’s important for what we’re doing now, us fighters coming together and having the rest of the UFC roster come together to make our lives better now and in the future.”
As Velasquez mentioned, he is no stranger to injuries. The AKA fighter has been forced to pull out of fights on several occasions as the result of injuries which occurred during training.
Do you think the MMAAA will help fighters earn compensation when injured in training for a fight, or during a fight?