September 22, 2008

by MMAWeekly.com Staff
American Kickboxing Academy standout Cain Velasquez is on the mend after suffering a knee injury in training recently, a source close to the fighter said on Monday.

Velasquez had arthroscopic surgery to smooth out tears in his meniscus, and is currently undergoing physical therapy.

Initially, the Ultimate Fighting Championship expected Velasquez to meet recent signee Mustafa Al-Turk on December 10 for “UFC Fight Night 16: UFC Fights for the Troops” before being notified of the injury. The event is the UFC’s second military-themed show, proceeds of which will go to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, aimed at treating military personnel and veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries.

Though Velasquez has not formally cancelled the fight, the source said his participation is doubtful.

“My gut feeling is that he won’t make it,” the source said.

A return at UFC 92 on Dec. 27 or UFC 93 on January 31 is likely, the source continued.

Velasquez burst onto national scene with impressive victories over Brad Morris at UFC 83 and Jake O’Brien at UFC: “Silva vs. Irvin.” Undefeated in four fights, he quickly became a dark horse of the UFC’s heavyweight division. A final decision on his status will be made in two weeks.