Mexico City, one of your favorite sons is coming home.
The UFC announced that heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez will return from a long layoff to defend his title against interim titleholder Fabricio Werdum at UFC 188, June 13.
This should be a pretty good battle worthy of a main event. Velasquez was supposed to face Werdum back at UFC 180. An injury sidelined the champion and Werdum ended up defeating Mark Hunt for the interim title.
I’ll be honest, I’m a bit torn on this one. Velasquez has been unstoppable for pretty much his entire MMA run, except for a loss in 2011 when he dropped the title to Junior dos Santos. Since then he’s reclaimed the title and successfully defended it on two occasions.
Velasquez is perhaps the most well-rounded heavyweight in the UFC. He has powerful hands and background in both wrestling and Brazilian jiu jitsu make for a great ground game.
But if you want to talk about a guy who has climbed the latter, look no further than Werdum. Ever since he defeated Fedor Emelianenko he has been on a tear, winning seven of his last eight fights. The only came from Alistair Overeem in the Strikeforce Grand Prix quarterfinals. He’s looked outstanding in his last several fights, especially in the fight against Hunt where he finished the Super Samoan in the second round.
Werdum is a multiple-time BJJ champion, but his striking has improved since he returned to the UFC. Normally I like to say that a fight will either go to the ground or stay on the feet but in this case it’s a toss up.
But I’m sure of one thing. This fight, no matter where it goes, will be a slobberknocker.