UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is back after a 19-month break from fighting to face off against interim titleholder Fabricio Werdum. The fight will headline UFC 188 on June 13 in Mexico City. Velasquez spent most of those 19 months rehabbing from numerous injuries.
The last time Velasquez and Werdum were set to fight in Mexico City, a sprained MCL and a torn meniscus forced Velasquez to withdraw. Werdum went on to win that fight against replacement fighter Mark Hunt by TKO, thus claiming the interim belt.
Velasquez (13-1) defeated Junior dos Santos in has last fight back in October 2013. That knockout victory was a huge statement to the rest of the UFC, silencing any doubters who thought that Velasquez’s reign at the top of the heavyweight division would be short-lived. It was extremely unfortunate that Velasquez suffered a torn labrum in that fight that required surgery, and even more unfortunate that he was forced to withdraw from his next fight due to an even more serious injury. But now, the champ is back, and hopefully he still possesses the same strength and ability that put fear in his opponents.
Cain’s third title defense will be no easy task, as Fabricio Werdum has suddenly revived his career by going 8-1 since being released by UFC in 2008. Werdum (19-5-1) has won five straight , the most recent victory being his TKO of Mark Hunt back in November. Werdum has looked impressive as of late, despite being one of the older fighters in UFC at 37 years old. His stand up fighting game has continued to improve, and the aging Brazilian is a KO threat no matter who you put in the ring with him.
Be sure to tune in Saturday, June 13 to watch what is sure to be an exciting an entertaining headline bout, and check back here with us at scifighting.com for the latest updates and news!