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Cain Velasquez back to training after successful shoulder surgery

Most people would want an extended period to recover after undergoing a major medical procedure, but then again, as evident during his amateur wrestling career and title-winning run in the UFC, it would be difficult to label Cain Velasquez as anything close to average. Velasquez, who underwent surgery last Thursday to repair a torn rotator cuff, took to his Twitter page yesterday and let fans know he’s already back in the Gym working out his lower body.

American Kickboxing Academy trainer Javier Mendez shed some more light on the heavyweight champ’s mindset and status in a conversation with MMAJunkie, saying, “The number one thing he likes to do is work out. When he’s not working out, he wants to spend time with his family. Other than that, he wants to be in the gym learning. If he doesn’t get to do that, it will drive him stir-crazy.”

The AKA coach also added Velasquez’s time-table for a full recovery isn’t set in stone and could even see him out of action until December depending on the process, not to mention the possibility the winner of Junior Dos Santos’ contendership-securing bout against Brock Lesnar could exit the Octagon injured.

“If he can heal quicker, great,” Mendez explained.

The 28-year old Velasquez is 9-0 in his career with eight TKOs including a first-round rendering of then-champ Lesnar into a puddle of goo at UFC 121 last October. He also holds notable wins over Ben Rothwell, Cheick Kongo, and Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira.


  • stone says:

    Cain!, Cain!, Cain!, Cain!

  • Dufresne says:

    As long as he lets his shoulder heal for the appropriate amount of time I’m all for him being back in the gym already. He can ride the bike, watch fight videos, and work on his footwork some. Anything he can do to keep himself in shape and improve his knowledge of the game will make him just that much more dangerous for his next opponent.

  • Rece Rock says:

    There’s no rush at this point so good for him for wanting to rebound quickly but if he wants to be at his best perhaps he shouldn’t bite off more than he can chew… regardless of his opponent his next fight isn’t one you want to test the injury against you want to know you healed and that your ready to go.

  • king mah mah says:

    Yeah he should definitely take all the time he needs to heal up. No sense in rushing things for his first title defense.

    Although maybe he’s letting his “brown eye pride” get in the way! LMAO!!


    Cain is an animal when it comes to competing-It would be pretty hard to keep him out of the gym-He’s still fairly young and should be able to heal rather quickly

  • LiverPunch says:

    Surely you jest?.
    I’m a big fan of defending your belt within a year or losing it. Sounds harsh but it wouldn’t take anything away from the sport. When he comes back , he says “I’m the REAL champ” and you know the rest. Either way when he comes back he is going to fight for the belt and it is much more of a build up if he and his fans feel wronged or robbed and he is going to go in there and set things right by reclaiming what is rightfully his etc , etc.

  • Rece Rock says:

    wow I actually agree with you LP 😉

  • Dufresne says:

    I’m a big fan of defending your belt within a year or losing it.

    I’m with you there except in cases of injuries that have known recovery dates. In Brock’s case at one point they thought he might never fight again and in my opinion that should have been reason enough to make an interim belt. In this case he’s already had the surgery and is on the mend, plus the number 1 contender has yet to be decided, so I’m alright with him keeping it here. If he tries to pull an Overeem and only defend it once in 3+ years, that’s a different story.

  • LiverPunch says:

    We agree all the time.
    I just point out when you are wrong. 😉
    Just kidding.
    Always read your posts.


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