Although American Kickboxing Academy houses some of MMA’s most talented athletes, a couple of their top dogs are shelved with injuries and are apparently dying of boredom.
Cain Velasquez posted four minutes and 12 seconds of perfection against Brock Lesnar at UFC 121 to capture the heavyweight title. Well, nearly flawless. The Mexican-American injured his right shoulder during the mauling and recently went under the knife.
Although a late 2011 return has been targeted, Velasquez was back at AKA just four days after the procedure. His workload is considerably lighter since he can only strengthen his legs, so free time has reached unprecedented levels.
“I feel lost. I feel retired somehow, like I need to find a hobby,” Velasquez told MMAJunkie. “I go to practice in the mornings, and after I’m there, I don’t know what to do.
“I’m hanging out more with my fiancé and we’re kind of driving each other crazy. We’re not used to it. It’s good for a while, but I’ve just got to be patient.”
At least Cain has his lady, baby and belt to occupy his time. Josh Koscheck, on the other hand, is considering a prolonged MMA career after what this sabbatical has done to him.
“It’s boring as hell,” Kos emphatically stated. “I can see why people want to fight for longer than ever. I’m like, ‘What the hell do I do?’”
Welterweight king Georges St-Pierre did THIS to Kos’ eye at UFC 124. Koscheck had his broken orbital bone operated on shortly after the unanimous decision loss, but doctors have limited his physical activities to walking as he recovers.
Although Koscheck claims the entire right side of his face is still numb, the 33-year-old’s aiming for a summertime return.