VELASQUES TO BE SHELVED

Torn rotator cuff have decided to shelve Velasquez for at least 6 months. A partially torn rotator cuff will keep Velasquez from competing for six to eight months, a spokeswoman for his main training camp, American Kickboxing Academy, told USA TODAY. The injury delays the first title defense for Velasquez.

No. 1 contender Junior dos Santos was supposed to face Velasquez sometime in the first few months of 2011, possibly at UFC's April 30 show in Toronto. Now dos Santos might end up waiting almost a year to fight again after earning the title shot with a win over Roy Nelson in August.

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