Former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight titlist Cain Velasquez wants to get back into the Octagon, but just can't say when it will be feasible.
On Monday evening, Velasquez took to Twitter, posting a lengthy explanation of his current injury predicament, his recovery from surgery and when he expects to get back into the Octagon. Unfortunately, the American Kickboxing Academy product was non-committal on that front.
“As you know, I underwent surgery in early January. That surgery was very successful and I hope the issue doesn't come up ever again,” Velasquez wrote. “However, right now I am listening to my body and the advice from my medical team and choosing to take it easy.”
“I have to be smart about going back and can't rush just to make a fight and then risk another injury. My body needs to be 100%,” he continued. “I can't provide a definitive timeline on when I'll be ready to go, but you'll be the first to know when the time comes.”
Cain Velasquez (@cainmma) March 14, 2017
Velasquez underwent back surgery in January. He was originally scheduled to rematch Fabricio Werdum at UFC 207 on Dec. 30 of last year, while admitting prior to the contest that he was postponing back surgery until after the contest. However, Velasquez was pulled from the bout just over a week out by the Nevada Athletic Commission after his pre-fight medical revealed that he had been using a cannabidiol (CBD) oral spray to fight the pain from his ongoing injury.
Velasquez, 34, last fought at UFC 200 last July where he thrashed Travis Browne in under five minutes. It was his first bout in 13 months after losing the UFC heavyweight title to the aforementioned Werdum at UFC 188 in June 2015 in Mexico City. The former Arizona State University wrestling standout has been besieged by a bevy of injuries throughout his 10-year pro MMA career: his slate of surgeries, non-inclusively, is a list that also features three knee surgeries, two on his left shoulder and one on his elbow, his foot and his hand respectively (online betting).