Cain Velasquez needs surgery and is in a significant amount of pain. He will not be pulling out of his planned rematch with Fabricio Werdum at UFC 207 however. Like many athletes, he is opting to treat his pain with CBD oil rather than opiate-based painkillers.
You can thank CBD oil for preventing another important heavyweight bout from being cancelled.
Cain Velasquez Injury Woes
Velasquez has surgery scheduled for after UFC 207 to treat a sciatic nerve issue in his right leg. Having already pulled out of a fight with Werdum scheduled for UFC 197, Velasquez is not willing to cancel the bout yet again.
“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.”
That doesn’t sound like the kind of pain you want to go into a big fight with.
Injuries have been a frequent problem for the 2x UFC Heavyweight Champion. The surgery scheduled for after his next fight will be the eighth of his career.
“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.”
CBD Oil for Pain
“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.”
– Cain Velasquez
Many experts have been advocating for the use of CBD oil over traditional painkillers for the very reasons Velasquez states in his quote above.
Cannabidiol Hemp Oil, or CBD oil, is derived from high-CBD but low-THC hemp, and is not supposed to get the person high. Though subjective experiences may occur with different people and/or strains.
As Nate Diaz mentioned in his UFC 202 post-fight press conference, CBD oil is good at helping reduce inflammation. It is only banned by USADA 6-hours pre-fight and 6-hours post-fight. USADA does not limit it’s use other than on fight day. This means that Cain Velasquez’s use of CBD oil is perfectly fine, whereas Nate Diaz’s use of CBD oil post-fight at UFC 202 was not. USADA just kind of let Nate get away with that one however.
You can tell the UFC was not confident that Werdum vs Velasquez II was ever going to take place. The fight is neither a main event or a semi-main on the UFC 207 card, despite being one of the biggest heavyweight bouts of the year. But when a fighter pulls out of as many fights as Velasquez does, it becomes too risky to market a show around them. Looks like CBD oil is going to help make this fight finally happen however.