Cain Velasquez May Be Out For A Full Year Due To Injury, Werdum Not Likely To Wait

December 12, 2013 9:09 am by Kenya Owens

Nearly three months after his September 19th title defense against Junior Dos Santos, Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez underwent surgery for a torn labrum. He was supposedly feeling discomfort in his shoulder but at the time it was not deemed to require surgery. After a set of MRIs, it was shown to be serious enough to require surgery and on Tuesday, he received the treatment he needed.

“When the fight was over, Cain basically told me, ‘I think I hurt my shoulder again’, this was after the fight was over,” said Velasquez’ trainer Javier Mendez. “If he knew he was injured during the fight, he didn’t tell us.

“After he cooled down, he was still hurting, so we went to get an MRI. The first one we got was inconclusive if there was any damage. The second one showed a slight tear and the suggestion was to rehab it for a few weeks and then see how it was healing. The following MRI didn’t show any improvement, so he decided to get surgery. He didn’t want to, but he really had no other choice. He went under the knife Tuesday and the surgery went well. Now it’s a matter of rehab and if he avoids any injuries, how soon he can get back in shape.”

According to Dana White, Velasquez informed him that he would need to be off of his shoulder for at least 6 months, making his return around fall of 2014 at best.

“It happened at the worst time for him because he’s got so many fighters he can get out of the way,” said Mendez. “And he’s still learning. He’s the baddest man on the planet, but you can always be a better kickboxer, you can always be a better boxer, you can always improve your wrestling. The goal is to keep getting better and keep defending the title. His goal wasn’t to just be a champion, but it was to defend it for a long time.”

According to reports the UFC is now looking at new options for Fabricio Werdum, who was expected to be Cain’s next challenger.


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