Cain Velasquez Injury: UFC Heavyweight Champ Could Miss Much Of 2011 With Torn Rotator Cuff

UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez could be out of commission for six month with a torn rotator cup suffered during his victory over Brock Lesnar, the former champ.

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Soares On Dos Santos: 'He Is Not Going To Wait Six Months'

It sounds like Junior Dos Santos won't be taking any pages out of the Rashad Evans guide to staying inactive during the prime of your career. It seems that rather than wait for UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez to recover from a torn rotator cuff, Dos Santos' manager has stated that the No. 1 contender will remain active through 2011.

Dos Santos hasn't fought since a one-sided handling of Roy Nelson at UFC 117 in Oakland, so waiting for Velasquez would put him out of competition for at least a year; too long for someone trying to stay in the hunt for the title. With the UFC's heavyweight division going through some exceedingly tumultuous times at the moment, this may be a great opportunity for 'Cigano' to finally take the reigns.

With a possible fight between Frank Mir and Brock Lesnar already in the works, Roy Nelson's contract issues and Shane Carwin recently undergoing back surgery, there aren't too many options that would make sense for JDS. Brendan Schaub looks locked into a fight with Mirco Cro Cop and Rodrigo Nogueira says a fight with Dos Santos would never happen. It's going to be tough to find a matchup that suits the needs of all parties involved. 

Fedor, anyone?

Stay tuned to SB Nation as more becomes available.

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Cain Velasquez Injury: UFC Heavyweight Champ Could Miss Much Of 2011 With Torn Rotator Cuff

Multiple outlets are confirming that UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez could be looking at a fairly lengthy layoff due to an injury to his right shoulder. Although he didn't disclose the injury following his win over Brock Lesnar at UFC 121, Velasquez is said to have suffered a torn rotator cuff during his win over the former champ. 

While Dana White has optimistically hoped for a summer return to competition for the heavyweight champion, American Kickboxing Academy trainer Javier Mendez has a more realistic take on the recovery process.

"They say the rehab on that type of injury is going to take anywhere from four to six months," he said. "Then from there he's got to get fight-ready."

While we don't have a large data set to pull from on how MMA fighters have fared after such an injury, but if anyone is going to do the work to get back to the top of the division, it's Velasquez. If he isn't prematurely rushed back into action and is allowed the proper time to recover, I think he and his trainers can formulate a plan to work around the injury. 

But for now, it looks as if plans for a fight between Velasquez and No. 1 contender Junior Dos Santos at UFC 129 in Toronto has been shelved. Let the chatter of another interim UFC Heavyweight Champion begin.

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