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Cain Velasquez out until at least mid-2011 with torn rotator cuff

UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez has been forced to put off his attempt at running his record to double-digits due to a torn rotator cuff suffered in his title-winning bid against Brock Lesnar at UFC 121. The 9-0 Velasquez will be sidelined for 6-8 months as a result of the injury, meaning his bout against top contender Junior Dos Santos is no longer an option for April as had been rumored.

News of Velasquez’s status was first reported by MMAFighting with MMAJunkie confirming the exact nature of the affliction shortly thereafter in a conversation with trainer Javier Mendez.

The undefeated champion ascended from highly-touted prospect to title-holder with an impressive showing in 2010 featuring a first-round knockout of Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira in February followed up by his dominant showing against then champ Lesnar in October. In addition to the pair of wins, Velasquez has also emerged with his hands raised against respected adversaries like Ben Rothwell and Cheick Kongo. Six of the All-American wrestler’s nine total victories have occurred by way of TKO/KO in the opening frame of the fight.


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