Velasquez Injury Means That Werdum Will Likely Fight in the Interim

Published on December 13th, 2013 6:27 pm EST

According to UFC President Dana White, Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez will likely be out close to 12 months after recently having successful shoulder surgery. Velasquez hurt his shoulder during his recent title defense against Junior dos Santos.

According to White, Velasquez won't be able to begin training for a full six months. After that, he'll need to ease back into training and then complete a full fight camp. Given that timeline, it would be surprising to see Velasquez return to action anytime before the very end of 2014.

Cain's injury means that Fabricio Werdum, who was slated to receive the next shot at the Heavyweight title, will likely elect to take a fight in the interim. According to reports, the winner of Travis Browne/Josh Barnett at UFC 168 would likely move on to fight Werdum in a title contender elimination match.

As always, there is the chance that Werdum could lose to the winner of Browne/Barnett and NOT receive a shot at the title, but it seems unlikely that Werdum would elect to sit on the sidelines for over 12 months.

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This will be the second time that Velasquez will have had to sit on the sidelines for a year after surgery. The last time that Velasquez was on the sidelines for a substantial period of time, he lost his title to Junior dos Santos in just over a minute.


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