Cain Velasquez is just returning to light training after tearing his meniscus last month.
The rising UFC heavyweight was forced to pull out of a fight with newcomer Mustafa Al-Turk on the Dec. 10 “Fight for the Troops” event at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Doctors have said he will not be ready to fight again until February. No UFC card has been announced for that month, but a return at UFC 94 on Jan. 31 seems plausible. Sources from his camp agreed that the Super Bowl weekend card was a good fit.
In the meantime, Velasquez has agreed to do some community service. Along with trainer Tom Ortiz and Arizona State University assistant wrestling coach Brian Stigh, Velasquez will read to underprivileged kids at the UMOM center in Phoenix, Arizona. Velasquez was a two-time All American at ASU, and often returns to Tempe to train with for former teammates Ryan Bader, CB Dolloway, and Aaron Simpson.
“It’s a good experience to go in and give back to the less fortunate,” Velasquez told MMAInsider.
Velasquez said he will be in Arizona until November, when he goes back to American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California to begin hard training for his next fight.