Oct 19, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Cain Velasquez during the press conference following UFC 166 at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

Cain Velasquez not suspended six months; athletic commission cites error


Following his war with Junior dos Santos in the main event of UFC 166, heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez was reportedly delivered a six month suspension from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) for a possible jaw fracture.

Velasquez’s camp was confused by the report and said they were not aware of any jaw injury for the champ, so the uncertainty loomed as we all searched for answers.

Now, we have those answers.

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation is saying that they incorrectly posted the results to the initial medical tests, which caused the erroneous report about Velasquez’s six month suspension.

With the initial diagnosis, Velasquez would have been suspended until April 18, 2014, but now he will be eligible to resume training on November 3 after serving the mandatory three-days-per-round cautionary suspension.

As for dos Santos, he is serving a 80-day minimum suspension for possible nose injuries and lacerations.

The good news that comes from the correct suspension is that the UFC heavyweight title will not be held up for three additional months. Velasquez should be able to return to the octagon by early Spring.

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