Cain Velasquez’s coach reveals back surgery didn't go as planned,
CAIN VELASQUEZ won’t be returning to action any time soon.
Velasquez, who is regarded by many as the greatest heavyweight of all time, hasn’t set foot inside the Octagon in well over a year.
The California native’s last outing took place at UFC 200 in July 2016 and saw him register an emphatic first round TKO victory over Travis Browne.
The former UFC heavyweight champion was due to take on Fabricio Werdum at UFC 207 in December in a bout which provided him with the opportunity to avenge the second loss of his mixed martial arts career.
However, the contest failed to come to fruition as the Nevada Athletic Commission refused to license Velasquez after discovering he intended to undergo surgery on a niggling back injury shortly after rematching Werdum.
Velasquez underwent surgery in early January to alleviate the pressure on his sciatic nerve issue, which was the result of bone spurs.
Eight months removed from the corrective procedure and 35-year-old Velasquez, 14-2, is still sitting on the sidelines.
According to his head coach, American Kickboxing Academy’s Javier Mendez, Velasquez’s hiatus has been prolonged due to a small complication with the surgery.