Velasquez was able to land more than a few punishing shots throughout the fight, but Werdum bloodied the champ with jabs and nicely timed counter strikes. In round three, Velasquez was badly cut and visibly shaky, and attempted to take the fight down as his corner instructed.
As Velasquez blasted in with a double leg, however, the jiu-jitsu guru slapped on a guillotine choke, and the AKA fighter was forced to tap.
With the win, Werdum extended his winning streak to six and his overall record to 20-5-1. Velasquez, on the other hand, saw his fall to 13-2.
Here are the complete results for UFC 188, which went down in Mexico City, Mexico.
Fabricio Werdum def. Cain Velasquez via submission (guillotine choke) R3, 2:13
Eddie Alvarez def. Gilbert Melendez via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Kelvin Gastelum def. Nate Marquardt via TKO (corner stoppage) R2, 5:00
Yair Rodriguez def. Charles Rosa by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Tecia Torres def. Angela Hill via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Henry Cejudo def. Chico Camus via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Efrain Escudero def. Drew Dober via submission (guillotine choke) R1, 0:54
Patrick Williams def. Alejandro Perez via technical submission (guillotine choke) R1, 0:23
Johnny Case def. Francisco Trevino (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Cathal Pendred def. Augusto Montano (170) via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Gabriel Benitez def. Clay Collard via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)