Cain 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 months.

Known for his precision punching and knockout power, Dos Santos has won eight-straight bouts. The Brazilian holds notable wins over Fabricio Werdum, Mirko Filipovic and Roy Nelson.

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 Brazilian.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC Fight Night 93 Predictions: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Picks

  • 22 days ago
  • 22 views

Welcome once again, fight fans, to Germany (or Deutschland, as it's also known). On Saturday, the UFC will host UFC Fight Night 93, its fourth event in Germany and first in the city of Hamburg. In th read news >>

Bleacher Report MMA Rankings for September 2016 Ahead of UFC 203

  • 18 days ago
  • 12 views

It's been a while, folks, but the Bleacher Report MMA rankings are back! It's been a hectic month-and-a-half, with a number of major events and a number of good fights going down across nearly every read news >>

UFC 203 Betting: Miocic Defends Heavyweight Title as Odds Favorite vs. Overeem

  • 15 days ago
  • 10 views

After Stipe Miocic (15-2) went to Brazil and took the heavyweight title belt away from Fabricio Werdum on his home turf, the Cleveland native and new champion will try to avoid the same fate when he read news >>

UFC 203: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Predictions

  • 15 days ago
  • 24 views

In the UFC's first ever visit to Cleveland, Ohio, heavyweight hometown champion Stipe Miocic defends his title for the first time against former Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem. Miocic claimed read news >>

UFC 203 Quick Results: Miocic Defends, Punk Drowns | FIGHTLAND

  • 13 days ago
  • 17 views

Photos by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC? On Saturday night, the UFC returned to Cleveland, Ohio with UFC 203. Emanating from the city's Quicken Loans Arena, the card was headlined by a heavyweight title figh read news >>

UFC 203 Quick Results: Miocic Defends, Punk Drowns | FIGHTLAND

  • 13 days ago
  • 0 views

Photos by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC? On Saturday night, the UFC returned to Cleveland, Ohio with UFC 203. Emanating from the city's Quicken Loans Arena, the card was headlined by a heavyweight title figh read news >>

UFC Fight Night 94 Predictions: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Picks

  • 8 days ago
  • 32 views

The UFC is off to Hildalgo, Texas, for UFC Fight Night 94. What's your main event? Oh, just a top-tier lightweight battle between Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Johnson. Nothing to get too excited about. read news >>

Tyron Woodley Defends Welterweight Title at UFC New York | MMAWeekly.com

  • 8 days ago
  • 49 views

Although he'd been angling for "big money" fights, welterweight champ Tyron Woodley will have to settle for putting his belt on the line at UFC New York. read news >>

Dana White's 'Conor McGregor Injured' Report in Doubt | MMAWeekly.com

  • 2 days ago
  • 121 views

Is he injured or isn't he? Shortly after a UFC Tonight report that Conor McGregor was injured and not likely to fight in New York, negating reports surfaced. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 95 Predictions: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Picks

  • a day ago
  • 29 views

Another weekend, another UFC event that lacks any star power. We're six weeks into what will go down as one of the most brutal slogs in MMA history, with UFC events on almost every single Saturday fr read news >>