UFC Targeting Cain Velasquez for October; Could It Be in a Stadium?

April 28, 2011

UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez at UFC 121

UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez at UFC 121

UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is on the comeback trail, looking to defend his belt later this year in what could be the biggest fight of his career.

Velasquez has been sidelined for the past few months after suffering a shoulder injury that required surgery and put him on the shelf until later in 2011.

The UFC’s top heavyweight will watch with a special interest in the upcoming fight between Junior Dos Santos and Brock Lesnar, because the winner will be the one welcoming him back to the Octagon later this year.

According to UFC president Dana Whtie, Velasquez is right on track and they have targeted a time for his return to action.

“Cain’s good. He’s coming along great. He’s actually going to be here for this fight,” White commented on Wednesday.

“I think we were talking about him in October.”

Velasquez will be in Toronto to participate in the UFC Fan Expo as well as the “Super 7” presentation with all seven of the UFC’s champions making an appearance on stage prior to the weigh-ins for UFC 129.

When Velasquez is ready to return, if the cards are dealt correctly, he could also get a shot at headlining a stadium show. Dana White has stated that after the success of UFC 129 in Toronto, that another huge show could follow and a heavyweight title bout may just fill the bill.

“I think stadium shows are going to be one off shows. Every time there’s a huge, great fight, I think GSP vs. Anderson Silva if that fight happened, would be a stadium show. Depending on who wins out of Dos Santos and Lesnar against our heavyweight champion, could be a big fight, so who knows,” White stated.

Lesnar has proven to be a huge asset whenever he’s involved in a pay-per-view, so if he’s successful in his fight against Dos Santos, thus earning the rematch with Velasquez, it may be just the fight the UFC is looking for to fill the need for another stadium show.

Dallas Cowboys Stadium has been mentioned as one of the biggest options for a future UFC stadium show, but whether or not that will come to fruition in 2011 remains to be seen.