UFC reserving Cain Velasquez for Mexico debut

The Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC is heading down to Mexico, as soon as the promotion’s Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is fit to fight once again.

Following the hard hitting fighter’s easy victory against former UFC Heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos back at UFC 166 in a match which he completely dominated, it appeared that it was only a matter of time before the UFC headed down south and tread uncharted territory as they attempt to tap into the huge potential the country has to offer. It was thought that Velasquez would be putting his title on the line in the promotion’s first event in the country as well.

That was, however, not to be, as Cain Velasquez realized soon after the fight that he was struggling with his troublesome shoulder and underwent surgery that required him to take some time off from the sport and rehabilitate.

The surgery was done in December and Velasquez himself tweeted a picture of himself stating that he was doing fine and he was looking forward to returning to the UFC Octagon as soon as he could and would be training hard as soon as the doctors give him the go ahead to return to training.

It is expected that the heavy hitter will be able to resume training only in April, which was initially penciled in as a date for him to take on Fabricio Werdum in a title match but with the divisional champion now fighting to get fit, that match will have to wait.

Werdum will take on Travis Browne at UFC on FOX 11 in a headlining bout in April, with the winner being given the chance to fight Cain Velasquez for the UFC Heavyweight Championship as soon as the fighter is fit in an event which will definitely be taking place in Mexico.

Werdum could wait for Cain Velasquez

Fabricio Werdum is a man of immense patience. The number one contender for the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Heavyweight Championship earned his shot at the championship gold with a submission win over the legendary Brazilian Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira last summer and decided to await the outcome of the championship fight between the champion Cain Velasquez and the challenger Junior dos Santos. And as a result now, he faces a huge decision to make.

Velasquez has undergone a shoulder surgery a few days back and is expected to be out for the next one year at least and although Werdum and his representatives travelled to the United States of America to have a meeting with Dana White, the president of the UFC regarding the future, he is yet to make a decision.

And speaking to the media, Werdum stated that the UFC had told him it is his decision to make whether he wants to wait or fight again. Werdum admitted that he is no close to taking a decision but he is thinking about waiting for Cain Velasquez to return and fight for the championship because this is something he has wanted for a long, long time.

If he does choose to fight, Werdum might just have to take on the winner of the Josh Barnett versus Travis Browne fight which is scheduled for UFC 168 but he is willing to wait for the champion.

He mentioned that he expects Cain Velasquez to return much earlier than expected, at least around July or August. He stated that with the rehabilitation methods of today, it is very easy to recover quickly and that is what he is hoping for, so that he doesn’t have to wait too long for his shot at Velasquez and the UFC Heavyweight Championship belt.

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Cigano wants to avenge Cain Velasquez loss

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Heavyweight Championship holder Junior dos Santos has had to taste defeat just twice in his career. And the second of those came in devastating fashion last December at UFC 155 when he was almost manhandled by Cain Velasquez in their rematch for the title, suffering a decision loss to the Cuban American brawler.

It was the first time that Cigano had lost a match in the promotion and such was the manner of the loss that any lesser man would have stopped for a moment to revaluate his career inside the cage and might have looked elsewhere to earn a livelihood. Cain controlled the match in almost its entirety, overpowering dos Santos, be it while striking or grappling and handing out the occasional body blow to the Brazilian.

Aldo says he can fight Cain Velasquez

Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo has rebuffed claims that he was afraid of the newly crowned UFC Lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and has claimed that not only is he not afraid of Pettis, he can take on any fighter that the UFC puts in front of him, including the reigning UFC Heavyweight Championship holder Cain Velasquez.

He was speaking to a Brazilian TV show this week where Scarface stated that he is eager to face the challenge of any fighter in the 145 lbs division and Pettis is absolutely no exception. Speaking in the program, Junior stated that if the UFC wanted to, he would take on Cain Velasquez. But he mentioned that however, it is not up to him, and he is not the matchmaker. He mentioned that he is in the business to fight and he will fight anyone the UFC puts in front of him.

According to Aldo, he has two hands and two legs and he mentioned that he will give it his best and win the fight. Aldo and Pettis were scheduled to take each other on at UFC 163 earlier in the month but Pettis had to withdraw from the fight owing to a knee injury.

But his comments regarding the situation with the Pettis fight is definitely going to go down well with the UFC officials and UFC president Dana White already mentioned that his manager needs to keep statements in check, otherwise his comments makes it seem that Aldo is afraid of a certain fight.

But Aldo has now claimed that he is ready to take on the challenge of one of the biggest hitters in the UFC with an open challenge to the UFC to give him someone like Cain Velasquez and that might not be the best decision.

Kongo thinks he can knockout Cain Velasquez

Given another opportunity, Cheick Kongo is confident that he can trounce the reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. Kongo recently left the UFC for greener pastures after his contract came to an end with the promotion but even his latest first round knockout defeat at the hands of Roy Nelson in his last match inside the Octagon hasn’t dented his confidence one bit.

And in a recent interview on MMA H.E.A.T, not only did he call out the Cuban American, but he also shocked the world by claiming he can knock him out.

According to Kongo, during his last fight with Nelson, he tried to do the right thing and protect himself, before adding that Velasquez had beaten him badly, but given the chance, he would give him a beating that he would never forget. He even went on to state that next time will be his turn. Cain Velasquez defeated Kongo in a lopsided match via unanimous decision almost four years back now at UFC 99.

The only man other than the former UFC Heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos to have hurt Velasquez in the stand-up exchanges, which is considered his forte was Kongo, and it seems that has given him a lot of confidence and he sees it as a tool to grind out a rematch. It would be completely wrong to write off the Frenchman’s chances if the two did indeed meet again but for any sane critic or fan hearing his comments, the only thing to do is shake their heads in disbelief.

Cain Velasquez was fresh faced fighter, making his way up the UFC when he met Kongo but the chances of the Frenchman getting a rematch depend on him earning a new contract, which won’t be easy for the 38 year old.