Cain Velasquez has been keeping a low profile for the past couple of months after undergoing back surgery following a cancelled rematch with Fabricio Werdum at UFC 207 at the turn of the year, but he’s now given fans an update on his progress.
According to the former heavyweight champion his surgery went well, but at this stage the 34-year-old isn’t certain how long it will be before he might fight again.
“As you know, I underwent surgery in early January,” Velasquez wrote on Twitter. “That surgery was very successful and I hope the issue doesn’t ever come up again. However, right now I am listening to my body and the advice from my medical team and choosing to take it easy.
“I’m still staying in shape but getting back into fighting shape is going to take a bit more time as I can’t train the way I know how. 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 at 100-percent.
“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.”
However, the injury-plagued Velasquez did give fans some glimmer of hope that it might not be too far into the future that he returns when he indicated that he would be paying close attention to May’s UFC 211’s heavyweight fights, with current champion Stipe Miocic fighting Junior dos Santos for the title, while Fabricio Werdum is also expected to compete on the card.
“I’m excited to see the latest heavyweight fights, especially those scheduled for UFC 211. I’m confident I’ll be facing someone from that group because I belong there, and I want nothing more than to get my belt back.”