After much deliberation, several tests, two MRI’s and a partridge in a pear tree, reigning UFC heavyweight king Cain Velasquez (pictured) has in fact undergone surgery on his left shoulder.
Velasquez injured his shoulder, which has been rumored to be a torn labrum, at some point during October’s lopsided unanimous decision victory over Junior dos Santos at UFC 165. His camp was hopeful some R&R and rehab would do the trick, but it was ultimately decided that having an operation was the best course of action.
“My shoulder surgery yesterday went well. Can’t wait to be back at it!” Velasquez posted on his Instagram Wednesday along with the above pic.
No word on how long Velasquez will be forced to ride the pine.
Velasquez went under the knife to repair a torn rotator cuff and labrum in his right shoulder after steamrolling Brock Lesnar at UFC 121 in 2010 to initially capture the title. That procedure sidelined Velasquez for 13 months.
At 31 years of age, Velasquez has solidified his spot as the best heavyweight in the game. He owns a 13-1 professional record and avenged the only blemish on his resume, a 2011 KO loss to dos Santos which cost him his crown, twice in resounding fashion.
Fabricio Werdum is expected to get next dibs at Velasquez’s title upon return.