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White: Ex-champ Cain Velasquez headed for back surgery, 4-week recovery expected

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Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez will reportedly undergo surgery following his most recent injury and fight withdrawal. According to UFC President Dana White, Velasquez is expected to make a complete recovery within four weeks of going under the knife.

Velasquez (13-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) was injured in the lead-up to his title rematch with champ Fabricio Werdum (20-5-1 MMA, 8-2 UFC), which was expected to headline UFC 196 on Feb. 6 (the event has since been renamed UFC Fight Night 82). He was forced out of the fight less than two weeks prior to the title bout, an occurrence that has unfortunately become a routine part of Velasquez’s career.

The former two-time champ has required surgery for shoulder and knee injuries over the past few years. He can apparently add a back surgery to that list, as White revealed on “Opie with Jim Norton.”

“Cain has got problems with a disc in his back, and he’s actually going to have surgery,” White said. “The good part is it’s not going to be long. He’s going to have the surgery and will probably need four weeks to recover. So that’s good news.”

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Post #1   1/29/16 1:49:03PM   

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Cain has never been the same since that Brock Lesnar fight.

Post #2   1/29/16 11:49:16PM   

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I honestly think when Cain does return just forget about putting him right back into a title fight.
There is no way he's been training at championship caliber and even if he puts on a good showing,he's fighting at a handicap with all the downtime.

I say give him a good mid- tier opponent upon returning. Build him back up from there.

Post #3   1/31/16 11:02:29AM   

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If he's only going to miss a month then there really isn't anything to worry about.

Most guys take at least that long off after every fight.

Post #4   1/31/16 12:29:16PM