The Diaz brothers might have a new friend at American Kickboxing Academy.
In eight days, Cain Velasquez will rematch Fabricio Werdum at UFC 207 with the next heavyweight title shot on the line. But the fact that that's even still scheduled is a minor miracle considering the severe pain Velasquez finds himself in. Velasquez is suffering pain caused by a sciatic nerve issue in his right leg that prevents him from being able to stand for long periods of time. In a recent interview with ESPN, Velasquez discussed the problem and how it's affecting him.
"It's an achy pain that goes down your leg, and it gets to a point where if you're standing for 10 minutes, you have to sit down. If you're going out for a while, a half-hour, you know it's going to be pretty painful. You have to sit down and take the compression off your back.
"The surgery is basically shaving off some bone to make room for my sciatic nerve. After the last surgery, the doctor said I might be pain-free forever, but knowing how I train and what I do as a fighter, the pain could come back. I didn't really know how long I was going to feel good. It ended up being about a year."
This isn't the first time this has been an issue for Velasquez. He had surgery in February for a similar issue and he's set to have the surgery again just a few days after UFC 207. That surgery forced Velasquez to withdraw from a scheduled title fight with Werdum at UFC 196, and there were discussions about pulling out of this fight as well. Ultimately, Velasquez opted to stay in this fight, in part due to the help of an herbal remedy: cannabidiol oil (CBD).
You may recall Nate Diaz coming under fire for the use of a vape pen which contained CBD oil after UFC 202 and that's because CBD is banned by USADA in competition (six hours before weigh-ins until six hours after the fight). Out of competition, CBD oil is completely acceptable and as such, Velasquez has taken to using an oral spray to help manage his pain. Velasquez says the CBD oil is invaluable in helping him recover and that it's superior to other forms of painkillers because it's not addictive.
"It's the only thing that allows me to still train, and I'm not taking a harmful painkiller into my body that I'll later become addicted to. I don't know how everyone is going to feel about me saying this, but this is just one of the hard facts we as fighters have to go through. In the past, in the NFL, players have gotten addicted to painkillers. I don't want to be an addict of some sort."
That fear is a legitimate concern for Velasquez. His surgery scheduled for after UFC 207 will be the eighth one of his professional career. The frequency with which he undergoes surgery and is dealing with pain makes a non-opiate option for pain management an extremely logical choice.
And for those worried that this might affect his performance next week, this isn't exactly the first time he's used CBD. Velasquez says he used it before his surgery this year to great effect, and when his pain resurfaced during this training camp, he began again. Velasquez says that the use of CBD oil will in no way impair his performance against Werdum and that the reason he's even using the CBD is because he wants to rematch Werdum so badly.
"As far as preparation, I've done everything. I've sparred, wrestled. I'm not missing workouts at all. I've done my conditioning - everything. I feel great going into this. This fight is about getting revenge, and that's why I like it. It's a fight I asked for, and it's a fight I really wanted."
So if Cain Velasquez rolls up to the UFC 207 post-fight press conference with a vape pen, don't be surprised.
Hardball. Nate Diaz says he won't answer the UFC's calls for less than $20 million.
Fight. Khabib Nurmagomedov and Max Holloway respond to Jose Aldo's claims over UFC 208 and an interim title.
No fight. Jessica Andrade has been officially pulled from UFC 207.
Title shot. Michelle Waterson wants to fight Rose Namajunas or Joanna Jedrzejczyk next.
Long. USADA suspends Carlos Diego Ferreira 17 months for a doping violation.
Pretty fun little recap of the year in Bellator.
Some more BJJ scout for you.
Justin Gaethje interview.
Max gets recognized for his accomplishments.
Mayweather Sr. on Conor.
MMA Dude Bro
Danny Segura joins to talk Year End Awards.
Khabib nails it.
Aldo says, referring to me, that I refused to fight with him. Tell him that I do not bully the little. I want a real battle, and only Tony can give it to me. At this stage of my career, even if I win Daniel Cormier, fans will say that I have to fight with Tony, and I agree with them. I have spent my career in the UFC asking for the strongest opponents, currently in this division we must decide who is stronger, me or Tony? Without exception, all the fans and experts want to see this fight and I want to give it to them. And you, Aldo, I advise you not to lose the respect of your fans, including me, do not lose your head, do not fall for the mind games of the UFC, and be yourself. ❗ Альдо говорит намекая на меня, что я отказался от боя с ним. Передайте ему, что я маленьких не обижаю. Я хочу реальный бой, и это Тони. На данном этапе моей карьеры если даже я выиграю Даниеля Кормье, фанаты будут говорить, что мне надо подраться с Тони, и я с ними согласен. Я всю свою карьеру в UFC прошу самых сильных соперников, в данный момент в легком весе мне и Тони надо определиться, кто сильнее, я первый номер в рейтинге а Тони второй. Без исключения все фанаты и специалисты хотят этого боя, и я хочу подарить им это. А тебе Альдо я советую не терять уважение от своих фанатов, и в том числе от меня, не теряй голову, не подставляйся под игры UFC, и будь собой. #юфсишныеигрыопятьвтеме @ufc
Max all about them catch phrases.
So Waldo is now saying he always shows up and me and Conor are two faced and Khabib won’t fight him. #nowayjose— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) December 21, 2016
Issue w Waldo is not about turning down fights. its that he doesn’t actually show up #noShowseAldo— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) December 21, 2016
T-Wood got that confidence.
Shoot your shot.
Paige answering this is....odd.
Me too!!! https://t.co/fmPY9IIUIg— Paige VanZant (@PaigeVanzantUFC) December 22, 2016
#MMAnews FACT 1: This is the reason @blessedmma is not able to turn around and fight Aldo on Feb 11th. FACT 2: X-rays show re-injured the same injury he suffered in the 1st rnd of his fight with Conor. FACT 3: Doctors say no impact or training for 6 weeks. FACT 4: Max did not know about the potential fight date with Aldo until Dana told him in the cage and adrenaline was still pumping so this injury was not felt until after the events activities ended. FACT 5: Max has no hesitations in fighting Aldo and will do so when he can. #teamblessed #represented
Rachael Ostovich (3-2) vs. Christine Ferea (0-0); Invicta FC 21, January 14.
Amy Montenegro (7-2) vs. Celine Haga (10-13); Invicta FC 21, January 14.
Well I guess he won't be sea-level Cain with all that CBD in his system.....
Be easy everyone. See you tomorrow.
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