UFC Heavyweight Champ Cain Velasquez Out 6-8 Months With Torn Rotator Cuff

It will be a long while until newly crowned UFC heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez defends his title, as he will be out of action for six to eight months with an injured shoulder. UFC president Dana White subsequently confirmed the news to following Wednesday’s UFC 125 press conference at the MGM Grand Hotel.

“Yep, it’s true,” White responded when asked if Velasquez would have to be shelved, adding the summer of 2011 would hopefully bring Velasquez’s return.

American Kickboxing Academy trainer Javier Mendez has revealed that the champ injured his shoulder during his bout with Brock Lesnar at UFC 121, though he declined to disclose it at the time because the severity of the injury was unknown after an initial MRI. When a second MRI this past week revealed a badly torn rotator cuff which could bench Velasquez for a minimum of 4-6 months ā€“ if not longer ā€“ a defense in April became unrealistic.

Velasquez is said to be optimistic about his recovery and wants to undergo surgery as soon as possible. Velasquez’s rotator cuff is 90 percent torn and will need extensive physical therapy.

Mendez, speaking on the timeline, said:

“They say the rehab on that type of injury is going to take anywhere from 4-6 months,” he said. “Then from there he’s got to get fight-ready.”

When he does return, his next opponent is already lined up in Junior Dos Santos, who is promised the next chance to fight for the belt, and now will likely be forced to wait while Velasquez heals up.

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