Former two-time NCAA All-American and current UFC heavyweight prospect Cain Velasquez appears set to return to action inside the Octagon on February 7 at UFC Fight Night 17.
Velasquez made the revelation during a recent video interview with Steve Cofield of ESPN Radio and Yahoo! Sports.
The former Arizona State University wrestler ackowledged that he is aware of the identity of his opponent for the show but that he would rather keep it a secret.
UFN 17 had originally been expected to take place at the Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas but MMAjunkie.com was the first to report that Tampa is now the most likely destination for the event. Thus far, reported matchups for the event include Mac Danzig vs. Josh Neer, Amir Sadollah vs. Nick Catone, and Hermes Franca vs. Joe Lauzon.
Cofield also asked Velasquez to address last month’s controversy in which the UFC decided to momentarily release Jon Fitch from his contract after the promotion became involved in a dispute with Fitch’s trainers at the American Kickboxing Academy and management at Zinkin Entertainment.
Like Fitch, Velasquez is also represented by Zinkin and trains out of AKA. Despite reports that he could be a victim of the dispute, Velasquez referred the matter to his management.
“I just had my management take care of it,” Velasquez began to tell Cofield. “I’m here to fight. With stuff like that, managers take care of that. I just want to fight and train… I’m here to fight for the UFC.”
Velasquez made his debut for the promotion at UFC 83 this past April, where he recorded a first round TKO victory over Brad Morris. Then, in his second and most recent UFC bout, Velasquez recorded another first round TKO at UFC Fight Night 14 in July. Following the win over opponent Jake O’Brien, Velasquez’s UFC record improved to 2-0 with his overall MMA record improving to 4-0.