After pulling out of a zillion fights and undergoing a bazillion surgeries, former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (pictured) will be taking his sweet time in returning to the cage following his latest medical setback.
Velasquez issued a lengthy tweet updating fans on his timetable for a return. Essentially, there is no timeline until his body tells him there is:
— Cain Velasquez (@cainmma) March 14, 2017
Velasquez, who many believe is MMA’s best heavyweight when healthy, hasn’t been seen since viciously putting Travis Browne down at UFC 200 eight months ago. He was slated to fight Fabricio Werdum at UFC 207, but was abruptly pulled from the rematch just days before showtime after the Nevada Athletic Commission, the committee sanctioning the December 30 event, failed to clear him due to a back injury that Velasquez was scheduled to have surgery on five days after the bout.
That’s correct, Velasquez wanted to stay in the fight so badly that he was willing to face Werdum with a back that needed to be operated on immediately after the scrap – and he willingly made that public knowledge.
It would take a lifetime to list all of the injuries Velasquez has suffered throughout his 11-year mixed martial arts career. In fact, it might take less time to list Velasquez’s body parts that have never required medical treatment.
It’s a good thing he’s finally listening to his body and taking some much needed R&R. The bad thing is that he turns 35 in July, so time isn’t necessarily on his side.
UFC 211 goes down May 13 and features a heavyweight title tilt between champion Stipe Miocic and former champ Junior dos Santos. Werdum was slated to battle Ben Rothwell in the event, but Rothwell was pulled last week after a potential anti-doping violation.
Velasquez is right in stating he belongs in the same breath as those guys – when healthy, of course.