Former UFC heavyweight champions Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez are set to clash for the second time at UFC 207 on December 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
— UFC (@ufc) October 20, 2016
In UFC 188, Fabricio Werdum successfully captured the title from Cain Velasquez via submission. Werdum immediately gave Velasquez a rematch but injuries kept both fighters from seeing each other again in the Octagon.
After a postponed fight at UFC 196, the rivalry between Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez continues at UFC 207. Recalling in February, Velasquez was forced to pull out from the fight after suffering a back injury. This gave Stipe Miocic a chance to face Werdum, who was the current heavyweight champion by that time.
Unfortunately, Werdum also withdrew from the fight after dealing with his nagging injuries. Werdum was dethroned by Stipe Miocic at UFC 198 after knocking him out in less than three minutes. Based on MMA Junkie’s heavyweight rankings, Werdum is currently at No. 2 while Velasquez is at No. 3.
Cain Velasquez made his comeback fight in the Octagon at UFC 200 where he successfully defeated Travis Browne via first-round TKO. Fabricio Werdum also won over Browne at UFC 203 co-main event.
Meanwhile, MMA Fighting revealed that the UFC is currently in the works for Dominick Cruz vs Cody Garbrandt for the bantamweight title at UFC 207. Cruz reclaimed the title after defeating T.J. Dillashaw at UFC Fight Night 81 via split decision. Dillashaw is not yet giving him to have his rematch against Cruz and said that the current champion is running away from him.
Still no response to my bet, proves my point that @dominickcruz is a scared little bitch and trying to avoid this fight however he can. Can't just ignore this and expect it to go away, so run little bitch run little bitch, run. Say it with ya chest. #kevinhart Who wants to bet he tries to retire before fighting me again?! #100k #whereyouat @ufc @musclepharm
Coby Garbrandt remains undefeated in his entire MMA career, with a 5-0 record in the Octagon. He recently knocked out Takeya Mizugaki for only 48 seconds at UFC 202. With the current situation, it seems unlikely that Dillashaw will have his immediate rematch against Dominick Cruz.
The UFC 207 will be headlined by Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey for the UFC women’s bantamweight title.
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