After a trouncing of Junior dos Santos in the rubber match of their, UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (13-1) was forced to undergo shoulder surgery which he did this past Tuesday to fix a torn labrum. Ariel Helwani broke the news on UFC Tonight.
After the surgery, Velasquez posted a photo of himself on his official Instagram:
The photo was accompanied with the caption: “My shoulder surgery yesterday went well. Can’t wait to be back at it!
As for his return, the injury and corresponding surgery will likely sideline Velasquez until late 2014. Velasquez’ trainer Javier Mendez spoke to Dave Meltzer from MMAFighting.com.
“When the fight was over, Cain basically told me, ‘I think I hurt my shoulder again’, this was after the fight was over,” said Velasquez’ trainer Javier Mendez. “If he knew he was injured during the fight, he didn’t tell us.
“After he cooled down, he was still hurting, so we went to get an MRI. The first one we got was inconclusive if there was any damage. The second one showed a slight tear and the suggestion was to rehab it for a few weeks and then see how it was healing. The following MRI didn’t show any improvement, so he decided to get surgery. He didn’t want to, but he really had no other choice. He went under the knife Tuesday and the surgery went well. Now it’s a matter of rehab and if he avoids any injuries, how soon he can get back in shape.”
This injury is similar to the one suffered by Velasquez when he tore his rotator cuff in 2010.
The next defense of his title will likely be against the winner of an expected Browne/Barnett vs. Werdum fight. Any of these three men will be a welcome challenger for Velasquez who has fought the same two people in his previous five bouts, completing a title trilogy with Junior dos Santos and battle Antonio Silva twice, one of those times being a title defense against Silva.