Velasquez (right) could make his way back to the Octagon in 2011. |
Photo: D. Herbertson/Sherdog.com
According to a report filed by The Los Angeles Times, UFC
heavyweight champion Cain
Velasquez will return to action Nov. 19 at the HP Pavilion in
San Jose, Calif.
Citing Zuffa chairman Lorenzo Fertitta, the report confirmed that
No. 1 contender Junior dos
Santos will be the other man in the cage if and when the
champion resurfaces in the Octagon this fall.
Sherdog.com contacted the Velasquez camp on Thursday evening and
was told the champion expected to return to the cage in either
November or December, which lines up with
The Times' report.
Velasquez has not seen action since capturing the heavyweight title
via first-round TKO over massive belt holder Brock
Lesnar in October. The undefeated champion made his UFC debut
in 2008 and has dominated his Octagon peers, only going the
distance once as a pro.
Following his win over Lesnar, the American Kickboxing Academy
standout underwent surgery to repair a torn right rotator cuff
sustained during the bout and has been in recovery for several
Known for his precision punching and knockout power, Dos Santos has
won eight-straight bouts. The Brazilian holds notable wins over
Filipovic and Roy
The 26-year-old most recently battered Shane
Carwin at UFC
131 to earn his status as No. 1 contender, nearly finishing the
American in the first round with strikes. Carwin staved off the
finish, however, hanging tough to endure two more rounds of
punishment en route to a unanimous decision in favor of the