Over the last few months, the UFC heavyweight division has suddenly become very intriguing and very exciting, mainly due to the changing of hands of the belt last June.
After spending nearly a year and a half on the sidelines nursing numerous injuries, now former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez was finally scheduled to make his return and defend his title against Fabricio Werdum at UFC 188 in Mexico.
Despite the layoff, many were expecting Velasquez to show up in his usual form: a cardio machine, with insane pressure, but it turned out to be the complete opposite. “Vai Cavalo” shocked the world, brutalizing Velasquez, as the ex-champ tired.
Werdum would sink in a fight ending choke in the third-round to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
Soon after, it was announced that Werdum would rematch Velasquez, but the bout has been put on hold due to some nagging injuries suffered by the champion.
It was recently reported that the UFC was interested in booking the bout in a Brazilian soccer stadium next march, but that may not be the case anymore.
UFC Tonight’s Ariel Helwani spoke on the fight tonight (November 4, 2015), saying that due to obstacles in Brazil, the UFC is now targeting the bout for Super Bowl Weekend, February 6, 2015, in the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas, Nevada:
A possible Fabricio Werdum vs. Cain Velasquez fight being targeted for February 6th in Las Vegas (Per @ArielHelwani)
— UFC Tonight (@UFCTonight) November 5, 2015
While it’s undoubtedly true that Werdum has never looked better even at age 38, it could also be true that the long layoff and Mexican altitude had a negative effect on Velasquez’s performance.
Will the ex-champ come better prepared and regain his title in the rematch?