Two months after undergoing surgery to correct serious issues with his back, issues which forced him out of a scheduled bout with one-time conqueror Fabricio Werdum at UFC 207, former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez has provided fans with an update on his condition and plans for the future.
Velasquez took to Twitter on Monday and posted a lengthy message, assuring fans that his surgery had been a real success. However, the American Kickboxing Academy representative also revealed that, as of yet, he is reluctant to “provide a definitive timeline” for his return.
“I am listening to my body and the advice from my medical team and choosing to take it easy,” wrote Velasquez. “I’m still staying in shape, but getting back into fighting shape is going to take a bit more time as I can’t train the way I know how. I have to be smart about going back and can’t rush just to make a fight and then risk another injury. My body needs to be 100%.”
“I’m not willing to dishonor your loyalty or the hard earned money that you guys invest to watch me fight,” he added later in the message. “I won’t fight unless I can show you what you deserve and paid for.”
It must be said, that for a 34-year-old whose body has been ravaged and career all-to frequently stalled by injury, this seems like a very intelligent decision.
You can read Velasquez’s message in it’s entirety below…
— Cain Velasquez (@cainmma) March 14, 2017