Up-and-coming heavyweight prospect Cain Velasquez will return to the octagon at UFC Fight Night 17 on February 7th in Tampa, Florida against an opponent to-be-announced.
Velasquez revealed the bout in a recent video interview with Steve Cofield, which is embedded below.
A 2-Time All-American collegiate wrestler at Arizona State and a Junior College National Champion at Iowa Central, Velasquez has a 4-0 overall record, including a 2-0 mark in the UFC. After dispatching Brad Morris with strikes in the first-round of his UFC debut at UFC 83 in April, Velasquez defeated Jake O’Brien with strikes in just two-minutes and two-seconds at UFC Fight Night 14 in July. He has yet to have a fight go past the opening round, winning all four matchups via first-round TKO.
UFC Fight Night 17, which was recently shifted from Las Vegas to the USF Sun Dome on the campus of the University of South Florida, is slated to include Joe Lauzon vs. Hermes Franca, Mac Danzig vs. Josh Neer, Amir Sadollah vs. Nick Catone, and Rob Emerson vs. Kurt Pellegrino.
In the video, Velasquez not only talks about his fight at UFC Fight Night 17, for which an opponent has been selected but not disclosed, but also discusses the recent situation between the UFC and American Kickboxing Academy where he trains: