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Cain Velasquez: “I Feel Like I’m 90 Or 95 Percent Right Now”

UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez has been out of action since first winning the title from Brock Lesnar back at UFC 121 last October courtesy a torn right rotator cuff which he incurred during the fight.

Yesterday, Velasquez appeared on’s The MMA Hour, where he updated host Ariel Helwani on his recovery process.

“I feel like I’m 90 or 95 percent right now,” said Velasquez. “I’m supposed to see the doctor this week. I think the next process is strengthening the arm, but not going 100 percent. A lot of technique, a lot of foot work.”

For Velasquez, who has the reputation of being a notorious gym rat, being forced out of action for as long as he has been is something akin to torture — especially considering his necessary proximity to the sport.

“Every fight I’ve gone to I’ve been jealous so I can’t wait to get in there,” Velasquez said. “I’m hungry. This is what I love doing. This is my dream job, to work out for a living. To not be able to do it right now, it’s kind of hard.”

The undefeated champion is expected to make his return against the winner of the upcoming June bout between former champ Brock Lesnar and top contender Junior dos Santos.