Former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez suffered a back injury while preparing for a rematch against titleholder Fabricio Werdum. He was forced to withdraw from UFC 196 just 13 days before the event.
The 33-year-old required surgery to repair the damage and posted an update about his condition on Facebook on Wednesday.
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I want to give you the latest news on the progress of my injury.
Before that, I want to thank you for all your support. Your messages with displays of affection and support really helped me and my family in this difficult time.
On Monday, in the morning, I had arthroscopic surgery to remove bone fragments that they were irritating the sciatic nerve. The surgery was a complete success and I feel so much better.
My doctors have recommended to rest for the moment, but I can start with a light workout in two weeks. They also indicated that I can probably start training on a regular basis in four or five weeks. I’m going to follow their recommendations, though I am eager to train as soon as possible.
I’ll keep you posted here and on Twitter.
Once again, thank you.
It’s unclear whether Velasquez will receive a title shot upon his return.
Stipe Miocic was named as his UFC 196 replacement, but Werdum was then forced off the fight card due to injury.
The string of injuries resulted in UFC 196 becoming UFC Fight Night 82 and a renumbering of the scheduled pay-per-events. UFC 196 now takes place on March 5 with Rafael dos Anjos putting his lightweight title on the line against featherweight champion Conor McGregor in the main event.
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