Most people would want an extended period to recover after undergoing a major medical procedure, but then again, as evident during his amateur wrestling career and title-winning run in the UFC, it would be difficult to label Cain Velasquez as anything close to average. Velasquez, who underwent surgery last Thursday to repair a torn rotator cuff, took to his Twitter page yesterday and let fans know he’s already back in the Gym working out his lower body.
American Kickboxing Academy trainer Javier Mendez shed some more light on the heavyweight champ’s mindset and status in a conversation with MMAJunkie, saying, “The number one thing he likes to do is work out. When he’s not working out, he wants to spend time with his family. Other than that, he wants to be in the gym learning. If he doesn’t get to do that, it will drive him stir-crazy.”
The AKA coach also added Velasquez’s time-table for a full recovery isn’t set in stone and could even see him out of action until December depending on the process, not to mention the possibility the winner of Junior Dos Santos’ contendership-securing bout against Brock Lesnar could exit the Octagon injured.
“If he can heal quicker, great,” Mendez explained.
The 28-year old Velasquez is 9-0 in his career with eight TKOs including a first-round rendering of then-champ Lesnar into a puddle of goo at UFC 121 last October. He also holds notable wins over Ben Rothwell, Cheick Kongo, and Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira.
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