Former NCAA All-American wrestler Cain Velasquez has every intention of remaining with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, according to a report by Franklin McNeil of ESPN.com and the Newark Star-Ledger.
McNeil issued the report during this week’s edition of “MMA Live,” which can be viewed every week on FiveOuncesOfPain.com.
Velasquez is considered by most pundits to be one of the brightest heavyweight prospects in all of MMA but his long-term future with the UFC was recently called into question. The former Arizona State wrestler trains out of the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif. and is also represented by Zinkin Entertainment, two companies that were in the middle of a major dispute recently with the UFC that resulted in Jon Fitch being released for 24 hours. Published reports indicated that UFC president Dana White had no desire to continue to work with fighters affiliated with AKA and Zinkin and that Velasquez would be released as soon as it was legally possible.
However, all parties resumed talking following the Fitch resolution and McNeil stated that both sides continue to talk and that Velasquez is confident that everything “will be ironed out.” Additionally, Velasquez, who is currently recovering from knee surgery, is looking forward to competing again in February and hopes to fight for the UFC heavyweight title in the future.