With Fabricio Werdum’s shocking submission win over Cain Velasquez at UFC 188 in Mexico City last Saturday night (June 13, 2015) now etched into the annals of UFC history, fans and media alike are attempting to determine just where the formerly touted champion now sits in not only the currently muddied heavyweight picture, but also among the heavyweight greats of all-time.
The question that’s going to be answered more immediately is where he stands among the current crop of challengers; but even though Werdum said he’d grant Velasquez an immediate rematch, he may have to take and win at least one more fight to get back to a title shot given the nature of his loss to ‘Vai Cavalo.’
Many have already begun to speculate that a motivated and in-shape Velasquez could definitely defeat Werdum in a fight contested at sea level, yet in today’s ever-unpredictable UFC landscape, that just isn’t the case with any degree of certainty.
In fact, it could be argued that the odds would actually be against that happening for a few good reasons. Let’s take a look at why Velasquez’ time at the top may have been squandered during the 20 months he had between his last win and his loss to Werdum.