The heavyweight, unification title fight between Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum finally has a date, as the promotion has confirmed the two will battle on June 13th. As everyone expected would be the case, the bout will headline the UFC’s next event in Mexico City.
Of course, Velasquez and Werdum were scheduled to throw down at the UFC’s first event in Mexico last November. Velasquez injured his knee before the fight, however, and had to withdraw. Werdum ended up facing Mark Hunt for the interim title, and secured the belt with a highlight reel, flying knee.
The victory was Werdum’s fifth in a row, as the jiu-jitsu guru and 37 year-old vet hasn’t lost since 2011, when he was decisioned by Alistair Overeem (under the Strikeforce banner). During his impressive run, Werdum has defeated Roy Nelson, Mike Russow, Antonio Rodrigo Nogeuira and Travis Browne.
Velasquez, on the other hand, hasn’t fought now since October, 2013, when he stopped Junior dos Santos. The fight was a rubber match between the two, as JDS KO’d Velasquez back in 2011, before the latter scored a decision win in the rematch, one year later.
Prior to injuring his knee last year, the 32 year-old Velasquez was sidelined with shoulder issues. The heavyweight champion has won four straight bouts, which includes two, stoppage wins over “Bigfoot” Silva.
So, hopefully this fight goes down as scheduled at UFC 188 and the heavyweight title picture can move on. It should be a compelling scrap. If Velasquez wins, then it will be interesting to see who the UFC goes with next, in terms of a challenger.
No other bouts have been confirmed yet for the June 13th event.