Earlier this month, in the main event of the UFC’s first-ever card on ESPN, former UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez returned from a three-year absence to take on deadly puncher Francis Ngannou.
Unfortunately, the long-awaited return of the former champion did not go quite the way he planned. Instead, he found himself wilting under a storm of Ngannou punches less than 30 seconds into the first round, clutching in agony onto visibly injured knee.
Despite this undeniably disastrous return to action, Cain Velasquez seems to be in good spirits.
Speaking on Instagram, the former champion shared a quick update with his supporters, and promised to “keep moving forward.”
See this statement, which was accompanied by a photo of a smiling Velasquez and his children, below:
“Family is the best medicine after a bad day at the office,” the former champion wrote. “I’ll keep moving forward. Thanks for all the love and continued support.”
In his next most recent outing, which occurred all the way back in July of 2016, Cain Velasquez looked every bit the monster we’ve come to know him as, bludgeoning Travis Browne to a first-round TKO. This victory was preceded by a submission loss to Fabricio Werdum, which signalled the end of his title reign. The former champ is 14-3 in sum.
What do you think the future holds for Cain Velasquez after his tough loss to Francis Ngannou?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 2/27/2019.