Cain Velasquez says back surgery “was a complete success,” says he’ll be able to train fully in 4-5 weeks

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Cain Velasquez (artist Grant Gould © MMATorch)

Cain Velasquez has updated his status after surgery this week, and the former UFC Heavyweight Champion feels positive about the direction he’s heading. Velasquez was forced out of this weekend’s Las Vegas event due to a back injury that was too much to fight through, but it seems he’ll be ready to return before the summer.

Here’s what Velasquez had to say on Facebook:

I wanted to update you all on how my injury has been progressing.

First off, I want to thank you all for your amazing support. Your messages and your support have really helped me and my family through a tough time.

I had orthoscopic surgery on Monday morning to remove some bone spurs that were pinching my sciatic nerve. The surgery was a complete success and I can’t tell you how well I’m feeling already.

My doctors have recommended I take it easy for now but can begin light training in about two weeks. They also think I’ll be able to train at 100% in about four to five weeks. I’ll follow their orders but I can’t wait to get back in there.

I’ll keep updating everyone right here and on Twitter.

Thanks again,


Penick’s Analysis: It seems he’ll be ready to go by Memorial Day weekend with the recovery timing here, which would be perfect with the UFC needing to plug in another pay-per-view event into the schedule with Saturday’s card shifting to Fox Sports 1. Now it’s a matter of whether or not Fabricio Werdum is ready to go by then. Still, it’s good to hear Velasquez is doing well after this latest setback, and hopefully his recovery goes as well as the surgery itself.

[Cain Velasquez art by Grant Gould (c)]

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