UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez at UFC 121

UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez at UFC 121

UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez could defend his belt as soon as Nov. 19 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The L.A. Times on Thursday reported that UFC chairman Lorenzo Fertitta confirmed the company is targeting that date for Velasquez’s defense against Junior dos Santos.

MMAWeekly.com sources close to the situation confirmed that an October date was out for Velasquez’s return, but that he would be ready for a date in either November or December. That rules him out for the UFC 136 fight card on Oct. 8 in Houston, the date that most rumors had originally pointed to.

Velasquez (9-0) hasn’t fought since decimating former champion Brock Lesnar at UFC 121 in October. He suffered a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder in the fight. He had surgery to repair the injury, and reported has recovered well from the operation.

Number one contender Junior dos Santos (13-1) decided not to wait for Velasquez to heal, instead opting for a coaching stint on the thirteenth season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” He was then going to fight fellow coach Brock Lesnar at UFC 131, but Lesnar had to back out due to another bout with diverticulitis.

The Brazilian instead fought late replacement Shane Carwin. He won a unanimous decision, putting dos Santos back into the title fight upon Valesquez’s return.

The Nov. 19 event would likely be dubbed UFC 138. Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre defends his belt against Nick Diaz at UFC 137 on Oct. 29 in Las Vegas.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Bleacher Report MMA Rankings for May 2016

  • 26 days ago
  • 19 views

April wasn't the busiest month of MMA action, but it did feature a few big fights. Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson made his debut in Bellator and suffered a crushing defeat at the ha read news >>

ESPN Report Says the UFC is For Sale, Could Sell for $3.5-4 Billion

  • 20 days ago
  • 23 views

ESPN business reporter Darren Rovell says the UFC is for sale and already in advanced talks with multiple suitors. read news >>

Dana White says UFC 'not for sale' despite ESPN report to the contrary (Yahoo Sports)

  • 20 days ago
  • 30 views

From Yahoo Sports: A report Tuesday said the UFC's owners are in advanced talks to sell the business and it is expected to be valued between $3.5 billion and $4 billion. read news >>

Dana White says UFC 'not for sale' despite ESPN report (Yahoo Sports)

  • 20 days ago
  • 23 views

From Yahoo Sports: A report Tuesday said the UFC's owners are in advanced talks to sell the business and it is expected to be valued between $3.5 billion and $4 billion. read news >>

Dana White Denies ESPN Report: ‘The UFC is Not for Sale’

  • 20 days ago
  • 28 views

The MMA world was jolted on Tuesday when an ESPN report indicated that the UFC was for sale, but UFC president Dana White declares the report untrue. read news >>

Dana White Continues to Shoot Down UFC Sale, but Hints at a ‘Deal’

  • 20 days ago
  • 45 views

Although Dana White on Wednesday continued to shoot down a report that the UFC was for sale, he didn't rule out a deal involving international expansion. read news >>

Dana White Comments on UFC Owners' Pursuit of Purchasing NFL Team

  • 18 days ago
  • 8 views

UFC President Dana White denied a Tuesday report from ESPN.com's Darren Rovell suggesting the promotion's majority owners, Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta of Zuffa, are looking to sell the business, but h read news >>

UFC 198: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Predictions

  • 18 days ago
  • 32 views

The UFC is in Curitiba, Brazil, for UFC 198 on Saturday and put together an absolutely stacked card for the occasion. The event, for the most part, follows the standard "Brazil vs. The World" formula read news >>

Morning Report: Floyd Mayweather will only fight against Conor McGregor, says it will be 'record-breaking'

  • 15 days ago
  • 100 views

Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he will only come out of retirement to fight UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor and that he believes the fight will break the Pay Per View record of 4.6 read news >>

Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley Headline UFC 201 on July 30

  • 14 days ago
  • 24 views

Welterweight champion "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler is set to defend his title against third-ranked contender Tyron Woodley in the UFC 201 main event in Atlanta on July 30. read news >>