UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez has avoided the need for surgery on his injured shoulder, but not the lengthy rehab process that normally goes with that.

UFC president Dana White confirmed with FOX Sports 2 after UFC Fight Night 32 that Velasquez will “go through rehab” and be sidelined “for a while” after injuries sustained in his recent win vs. Junior dos Santos.

Earlier reports had Velasquez facing No. 1 contender Fabricio Werdum in early 2014 from Mexico, marking the first UFC event to be held in the country.

As for Werdum, who has sat on the sidelines waiting to compete for the title since a win over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira earlier this year, White said “we will see what happens. If Werdum wants to wait, or if Werdum wants to fight.”