Velasquez won’t need shoulder surgery, or maybe he will?

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Following his title defense against Junior Dos Santos, it looked as though UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez would need shoulder surgery, however that doesn’t seem to be the case:

UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez should be able to avoid surgery for his injured left shoulder, according to Ariel Helwani on UFC Tonight.

Velasquez suffered a partial tear in his labrum during his last fight against Junior dos Santos at UFC 166, but it is expected to heal with rehab. He will return to his doctor in a couple of weeks to figure out a timetable for when he can resume training.

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The above report was from last night, but today his trainer gave an interview to MMAJunkie saying that Velasquez actually may need surgery:

Velasquez’s longtime trainer, Bob Cook, today told MMAjunkie that the fighter would like to avoid an invasive procedure but will do what’s necessary to fully rehabilitate his shoulder.

“He’s going in to get re-evaluated in a week-and-a-half, and at that point, we’ll have a better idea,” Cook said. “But it’s not 100 percent one way or the other.”

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