Cain Velasquez is one of those fighters that are too tough for their own body sometimes. Not only that, but he's been through wars in the Octagon and trains with the most injury-prone camp out there (American Kickboxing Academy).
He's set for a rematch against Fabricio Werdum to avenge the infamous "Sea Level Cain" performance, but the former champ just had a surgery before this camp and now he's already scheduled to have surgery directly after UFC 207. So how is he doing it?
Velasquez goes on record saying that the sole reason he can keep going is the healing properties of CBD oil.
"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."
As tempting as calling him "THC-Level Cain" is, CBD (Cannabidiol) oil contains very little of the magical compound that allows users to get super duper high. This doesn't mean that Velasquez isn't dipping into some of the good good, it's all out of competition so no worries either way.
All jokes aside, #CainVelasquez had a very real concern regarding pain killers so it's great he found something to keep him going since he is going to continue beasting 25/8 in prep for #FabricioWerdum.
"The surgery is basically shaving off some bone to make room for my sciatic nerve," Velasquez said. "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."
Hopefully Cain makes it through his rematch with Werdum injury-free and can continue his journey through alternative sports medicine without adding to his 7+ surgeries through his relatively short career.