Newly crowned UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez finds himself bored with his right forearm in a sling while recovering after undergoing shoulder surgery to mend an injury he suffered in winning the belt from Brock Lesnar this past October. Velasquez is hopeful to return back to the cage in August if the recovery goes well. Otherwise, he could be out of action until December.
“I feel lost,” Velasquez told MMAjunkie.com at the one-year anniversary celebration for the first UFC Gym opening. “I feel retired somehow, like I need to find a hobby.
“I go to practice in the mornings, and after I’m there, I don’t know what to do… I’m hanging out more with my fiance, and we’re kind of driving each other crazy. We’re not used to it. It’s good for a while, but I’ve just got to be patient.”
The American Kickboxing Academy-trained heavyweight partially tore his right rotator cuff in the process of dominating then-UFC heavyweight champion Lesnar at UFC 121 last October. Velasquez stated that he had trouble sleeping that night and felt a sharp pain when he tried to get out of bed, which he said was a “six or seven” out of 10 on the pain scale.
“I never know how important it is,” he said. “One time, when I broke my hand, my bone was sticking out of my skin. I was like, ‘Well, it doesn’t feel too bad.’ I never know how bad it is until he has to get the MRI done or an X-ray done.”
Velasquez was scheduled to take on number one contender Junior dos Santos for his first title defense, but was forced out of the bout with his shoulder injury. Now, dos Santos and Lesnar will coach opposite one another on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter, and will square off upon the conclusion of the show for the next shot at Velasquez. Velasquez broke down the fight, noting that Lesnar’s best chances for the fight are on the ground and scoring takedowns.
“For me, it’s the initial closing the distance for Lesnar – how he’s going to deal with that,” he said. “I know that Dos Santos is really good at keeping the distance (and) using his movement to throw his punches. For Brock, it’s closing the distance and getting that pressure, getting the takedown and keeping the takedown.”
Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.