Cain Velasquez finally returning! Will coach ‘TUF Latin America’ then fight Werdum in November

Posted: April 30, 2014 in Commentary/Opinion

tuflatinA huge announcement was made yesterday…the baddest man on the planet will make his return to UFC airwaves in front of about 8 people watching on Fight Pass. Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez has officially been announced as a coach for TUF: Latin America, opposite number one contender Fabricio Werdum.

The two coaches are also scheduled to square off inside the cage in November—the tentative plan is for UFC 180 in Mexico City. Due to Cain’s injury recovery, that would mark around 13 months since his last fight in the octagon.

This fight is also significant in that it will be the first opponent for Velasquez not named Bigfoot or Junior since he captured the title for the first time against Brock Lesnar way back in October, 2010. That’s an incredible 4 years fighting the same two guys.

Another milestone Cain hopes to achieve later this year is that a successful title defense would be his 3rd consecutive. That would break the heavyweight record of 2 title defenses currently held by Randy Couture, Tim Sylvia, Lesnar and of course Velasquez.

Assuming TUF: Latin America plays in the U.S. on Fight Pass, that means many fans won’t be able to see it—similar to the Wanderlei Silva/Chael Sonnen season. Lucky for us fans, however, is that we DID get to see the compelling Kyle Noke vs. Patrick Cote season. In case you can’t tell, that’s called sarcasm.

All kidding aside, it’s a relief to see Velasquez scheduled before the end of the year. He’s one of the few superstars remaining in the sport.

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