According to Ariel Helwani of Versus.com, UFC heavyweight king Cain Velasquez will have his torn rotator cuff operated on Thursday in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Velasquez’s trainer Javier Mendez said his protégé’s procedure will be performed by Dr. Steven Sanders. They are hopeful Velasquez can get back to training in three months, with the Mexican-American making his first title defense in August if things work out “perfectly.”
The 28-year-old captured the crown by steamrolling Brock Lesnar at UFC 121 this past October. Although he did not receive a medical suspension from the California State Athletic Commission following his effortless four minute and 12 second shellacking, Velasquez revealed at the UFC 125 Fan Q&A he didn’t feel the injury until hours after unleashing the performance of his life.
Speaking of Lesnar, he can earn a rematch by getting past Junior dos Santos after the 265-pound studs complete their coaching duties on “The Ultimate Fighter 13.” UFC president Dana White stated they will do battle in June, which would give Mendez a longer rehab period to work with than the August deadline he’s highlighted.