It will have been just over a year since claiming the UFC heavyweight championship when Cain Velasquez makes his return to the Octagon. Velasquez, who topped Brock Lesnar for the title last October, underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff following the win.
On November 12, Velasquez finally defends his crown when he meets Junior dos Santos at UFC on FOX: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California – the site of his victory over Lesnar.
Velasquez went through the surgery without a hitch, and has been working on regaining his strength and stamina during rehab. The former Arizona State University standout recently sat down with The Toronto Sun for an interview to discuss the injury and his recovery.
“It was hard (sitting out and not being able to defend the title), but I just listened to the doctor and worked on getting back to 100 percent as soon as possible. I just look at it that way,” Velasquez said. “In the beginning, it was an adjustment. I just had to work around it until it got stronger and now it feels 100 percent. I’ve been at it for a while, so it hasn’t been an issue.”
With dos Santos, Velasquez knows he is getting someone that has no problems standing and trading punches, but that didn’t change the way he went about preparing himself for the war, saying, “Business as usual. I’ve just trained to fight against someone who has really good boxing like he does.”
UFC on FOX: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos takes place on November 12, 2011 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.