Cain Velasquez has been on the sidelines rehabbing from surgery for several months. Now, the UFC heavyweight champ will defend his title for the first time when he meets Junior dos Santos November 12 on the first UFC on FOX event.
Velasquez-Dos Santos will take place in the Honda Center from Anaheim, California, which is the same place Velasquez defeated Brock Lesnar in for the UFC title last October. Following the win, however, he was forced to undergo surgery for a torn rotator cuff, leaving him with months of rehab to get back inside the Octagon.
The former Arizona State University standout was put on strict orders from his doctor to remain away from the gym while his shoulder healed. The ultimate workout warrior found comfort in spending time with his daughter, Coral.
“That kind of kept my head from being too down, being around my family and being positive with them,” said Velasquez, in a recent interview with the L.A. Times. “They helped me through it.”
In fact, as it turns out, the toughest part of the entire process was being patient rather than rushing his recovery.
“It took five months of not doing anything,” Velasquez explained. “It was hard, but I knew the less I did the faster I would come back, and I have.”
The time he spent on the sidelines appears to have paid off as Velasquez is now fully-healed, adding, “The shoulder feels good. Training is going good. I’m doing hard workouts and my body feels good. I feel ready and confident for my upcoming fight.”
Fans can get further insight into the heavyweights’ historic bout by tuning in to catch a special UFC Primetime airing today on FOX with streaming versions to be made available at some point next week.