A knee injury sustained by UFC heavyweight prospect Cain Velasquez is expected to prevent a tentative bout between him and Cage Rage heavyweight champion and UFC newcomer Mustafa Al-Turk from taking place on Dec. 10 during “UFC Fight Night 16: UFC Fights for the Troops.”
According to a report by MMA Weekly, Velasquez recently underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair minor tears in his meniscus. The report goes on to indicate that he’s currently undergoing physical therapy and that sources close to the fight do not expect him to be ready in time for the Dec. 10 event to be held in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Despite the surgery, the former NCAA All-American is not expected to be sidelined for long and could return to action as soon as UFC 92 on Dec. 27 or UFC 93 on Jan. 31.
Velasquez, who trains at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif., is 4-0 in his professional MMA career thus far. He debuted for the UFC this past April at UFC 83 and recorded a first round TKO against Brad Morris. Velasquez improved his Octagon record to 2-0 in July during “UFC Fight Night 14: Silva vs. Irvin” on July 19 when he TKO’d Jake OBrien due to strikes at 2:02 of round 1.