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Cain Velasquez's surgery a success, scheduled to return to AKA in 2 weeks

The former UFC Heavyweight Champion is expecting to fight in July after recovering well from back surgery.

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Cain Velasquez has been recovering well from surgery on his back to remove bone spurs pinching his static nerve. The former UFC Heavyweight Champion had the surgery on February 3rd and has been on the mend since.

Ariel Helwani reported on UFC Tonight that Cain Velasquez has recovered and is hoping to return to action before July.

Bloody Elbow's Michael Hutchinson reached out to Javier Mendez, head coach at AKA, to see when Velasquez will return to the gym.

"He is scheduled to come in mid-March to slowly work into training," Mendez said.

Velasquez was forced to pull out of his rematch with current UFC Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Werdum due to the injury. Velasquez posted a message to his Facebook following the injury in late January.

"My fans deserve to see me compete as close to 100% as possible. I'm committed to giving them that. I'm not going to let my fans down, and I want to make sure I do the right things to ensure a long career.

Fabricio, I hope that you accept my sincere apology. I understand how you may think this is an excuse. From one professional to another, I can tell you I was committed and looking forward to competing with you again. I greatly respect you as a fighter and man, and we will meet soon." via Facebook

Fabricio Werdum is expected to defend his title against Stipe Miocic on May 14th at UFC 198, although both the fight and event have not been formally announced by the UFC.