It looks like fight fans are going to have yet another long wait to see the new UFC heavyweight champion in action.
That's because Cain Velasquez has apparently suffered a shoulder injury and is looking at six to eight months on the shelf.
From an MMAFighting.com report:
Newly crowned champ Cain Velasquez will be out of action for six to eight months with an injured shoulder ... UFC president Dana White subsequently confirmed the news ... following Wednesday's UFC 125 press conference at the MGM Grand Hotel.... He said the summer of 2011 would hopefully bring Velasquez's return.
After running through his first eight opponents, including a "Knockout of the Night" winning performance against legendary former Pride Heavyweight Champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Velasquez was given a shot at gold against the behemoth Brock Lesnar.
You know what happened with that.
Well, in case you don't, the American Kickboxing Academy product thoroughly embarrassed the former WWE superstar, finishing him in the first round with a barrage of punches.
That fight came after an eight month layoff and now he's looking at an even longer wait to defend his newly won title against number one contender Junior dos Santos.
"Cigano" has perhaps been the most dominant heavyweight in the UFC since coming on the scene with a monster knockout of Fabricio Werdum at UFC 90.
Three (technical) knockouts and one submission (due to strikes) later and "JDS" was put in a number one contender fight with portly pugilist Roy Nelson. The Brazilian bombed "Big Country" en route to a unanimous decision that earned him his shot at UFC gold.
That was all the way back in August at UFC 117. With Velasquez reportedly aiming for a summer of 2011 return, it will be potentially be an entire year before dos Santos returns to action.
Unless, of course, the UFC decides to create an interim title, something it has been known to do when injuries derail their plans. There has been no word on whether or not they are considering this course of action, but keep it locked right here at MMAMania.com for any updates on this situation.