MMAFighting.com is reporting that newly crowned UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez will be unable to defend his heavyweight title for up to the next eight months thanks to a right shoulder injury he suffered in training.
“Yep, it’s true,” UFC president Dana White said of Velasquez’s injury layoff.
When Velasquez does return to action he will be taking on Brazilian heavyweight slugger Junior dos Santos, who will no doubt be upset to hear of Velasquez’s shoulder injury.
White revealed the news to MMAFighting following today’s UFC 125: Resolution press conference.
Velasquez, a 9-0 product fighting out of the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California, defeated former heavyweight kingpin Brock Lesnar by first round TKO this past October to capture the UFC heavyweight belt.
Velasquez has competed in the UFC since 2008, earning decisive victories over the likes of Jake O’Brien, Cheick Kongo, Ben Rothwell, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and Lesnar.
The undefeated fighter has beat all of his opponents, with the exception of Kongo (whom he defeated by unanimous decision), within the distance by knockout or technical knockout. He last appeared in action against Lesnar at UFC 121 in October of this year.