UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is on the road to recovery after undergoing successful shoulder surgery this week. He suffered the injury during his dominant five-round beat down of Junior dos Santos at UFC 166. The TKO victory in Houston was an emphatic statement in their trilogy fight, and now the champion looks forward to fresh challenges. Once he has recovered, Velasquez is expected to face veteran Brazilian submission ace Fabricio Werdum. Velasquez provided an update on social media saying that the surgery went well and that he can’t wait to get back at it.
Werdum has looked strong since his return to the promotion. He’s reeled off three consecutive victories including a submission win against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in his last fight. He’s been patiently willing to wait things out since that victory and is next in line. When that matchup will happen obviously will depend on how the champion fares with his rehabilitation and when he’s back in true fighting form. There have been previous reports that the UFC was looking to have the Velasquez-Werdum matchup headline their first event in Mexico.
Velasquez’s dismantling of dos Santos in their last two fights has likely put that rivalry to rest for some time. With the heavyweight division not exactly as rich in talent as some of the other divisions, there aren’t a ton of attractive options out there for Velasquez if he continues his dominance in 2014. Another potential title contender will likely emerge on December 28 when Travis Browne and Josh Barnett hook up at UFC 168 in Las Vegas.
Light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones has openly talked about the idea of a potential superfight against Velasquez down the road. That’s a fight fans would definitely be pumped about seeing within the next couple of years as a move up in weight seems inevitable for “Bones.”
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports