The current reigning and defending UFC Heavyweight Champion and fifth ranked pound for pound fighter, Cain Velasquez (14-1) will take on the #1 contender and UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Werdum (19-5-1) in the main event of UFC 188 on June 13th.
It’s been about 1 and a half years since Cain last defended his UFC strap when he dismantled Junior Dos Santos in their rubber match by putting him away with a power-slam and hard punches in the 5th round back at UFC 166. That was in October of 2013, where as Werdum has fought and defeated 3 top 10 or former top 10 UFC Heavyweights since 2013.
Werdum took out Brazilian Jiu Jitsu legend Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC on Fuel TV 10 via armbar midway through the 2nd round. He then won a unanimous decision against Travis Browne at UFC on Fox 11 to secure a number 1 contender’s spot against Cain Velasquez.
However like most of Cain’s career the bout was postponed due to an injury he sustained. This time it was due to a torn meniscus and a bad MCL tear. This past October Cain underwent successful surgery to his torn meniscus but that didn’t keep Werdum from another fight.
Fabricio gained the UFC Interim Heavyweight Title when he defeated Mark Hunt at 180. Werdum lost the first round but came roaring back in the second where he was able to TKO Hunt from a flying knee and following it with hard punches.
But could the upcoming fight between the pair be the last for Cain Velasquez?
Current Mixed Martial Artist Bobby Lashley goes back and forth between MMA and wrestling. He’s a 2 time Total Nonstop Action Heavyweight Champion and has a record of 12-2 in MMA.
Then there’s Brock Lesnar who was a young WWE Champion, then went to the UFC and became Heavyweight Champion for a bit before losing ironically to Cain Velasquez, then again to Alistair Overeem and now he’s back in the WWE. Brock has just signed a long term deal with the WWE, a deal in which UFC President Dana White feels is the best move for the former champion.
Now after Cain’s training and Metro PCS commercial partner Ronda Rousey was on Wrestlemania 31, Cain was asked on The Roman Show if he would try his hand in professional wrestling:
“Not anytime soon. I am focused on this fight [against Fabricio Werdum on June 13]. Let’s see what happens on my career in fighting… I can never say ever. We will just have to wait.”
He was then asked about his opponent’s last fight, to which he replied:
“The whole fight I thought Mark Hunt was winning the fight. But what impressed me is that Fabricio is always dangerous. He was losing and he come out with the knee and won the fight. He is a guy that does everything well.”