A heavyweight title unification bout between current champion Cain Velasquez and interim title holder Fabricio Werdum has been officially confirmed for UFC 188 in Mexico City on June 13th.
Velasquez has been plagued by injury problems for a few years now and that’s meant he’s not had an opportunity to defend his title since October of 2013 when he defeated Junior dos Santos by way of fourth round TKO.
A strange fact about Velasquez’s career is that in the past four and a half years he’s only fought two different opponents – the aforementioned Dos Santos who he faced three times (defeating him twice), and Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva who he stopped twice by first round TKO.
With that in mind fans will be eager to see him come up against a fresh opponent in Werdum Who’s been in excellent form since returning to the UFC from Strikeforce in 2011, compiling a five fight unbeaten run.
Along the way Werdum showcased significantly improved stand-up from his first stint in the UFC a few years earlier and it helped him defeat the likes of Roy Nelson, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Travis Browne, paving the way for an interim title encounter with Mark Hunt which he won by second round TKO.
It should be a good fight, let’s just keep our fingers crossed that Velasquez stays injury free during his training camp this time.