Velasquez may face shoulder sugery
A report that surfaced earlier today that Cain Velasquez is already set to defend his title in April in Mexico, is likely a bit premature, as today manager Bob Cook told Yahoo Sports they are still waiting for results of a second MRI:
“He’s had one MRI already, but we’re going to get another one that is hopefully of better quality,” Cook said. “He hurt it during the fight, but we’re not exactly sure when or how it happened. Right now, we’re waiting to get this other MRI before we know what we have to do, whether there’s a need for minor surgery or just rehab.”
Cook said he wouldn’t know whether Velasquez could be ready for an April show until after the champion is examined by doctors. He said he hopes to have that completed by sometime next week.
Javier Mendez, Velasquez’s trainer, said Velasquez first mentioned the injury to him after the fight ended. Mendez said that he doesn’t think it is major and that it is not out of the question that Velasquez could be ready to fight in April if the UFC wanted him to do so.
“It was one of those things where it had no impact on him in the fight, but after it’s over and the adrenaline isn’t going as much, you go, ‘Uh oh, I may have done something,’ ” Mendez said. “He never said a thing about it during the fight, but I was with him after just before we went to the press conference and he told me he thought he hurt his shoulder.