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Cain Velasquez Out Of Surgery, Targets Early 2015 Return

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UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez underwent successful surgery earlier this week to repair is damaged knee, according to a report by

Velasquez was removed from a planned November title defense vs. Fabricio Werdum after suffering the injury. Werdum will now face Mark Hunt for the interim title at UFC 180 in Mexico City, Mexico.

“I assume he’ll be good to go for full-time training by December,” Javier Mendez, trainer and coach for Velasquez, said. “He’ll have all of November and part of October off. I don’t see him being out that long at all.”

Mendez said they would leave up the return date to the UFC, adding “Whatever decision they make is what’s going to happen, provided he’s healed.”

Velasquez (13-1) hasn’t competed since last October when he finished Junior dos Santos, earning his fourth straight win. All four of those came vs. dos Santos and Antonio Silva.