It’s about time we saw this rematch! Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez will be back in action for UFC 196 as Werdum will defend his UFC World Heavyweight Championship title against the one he took it from – #1 Cain Velasquez!
Let’s go back through history to see how we got to where we are now. Velasquez held the heavyweight title for 896 days, yet only defended it twice against Antonio Silva and Junior do Santos, both of which he had already previously faced. Last June, he dropped the title to Werdum, in somewhat of an ugly fashion. Velasquez, after being out for 18 months due to injuries, did not have the stamina to outlast Werdum and ended up being hit with 96 significant strikes (per FightMetric) before being submitted in the third round.
Now, he gets the rematch he wants (but does he really deserve it?). That’s arguable. It’s not uncommon to see the prior champion get an immediate rematch, but some argue Velasquez’s title reign simply wasn’t long enough or impressive enough to deserve such a rematch so quickly. After all, UFC 188 didn’t leave us feeling like Velasquez was actually the better fighter.
What we saw last time was a gassed out Velasquez. We all wonder what really caused his fate. Was it the altitude? The long hiatus? A superior opponent? Maybe it was a combination of all three.
You can watch the fight below:
Even with that being said, there’s no doubt UFC 196 will be worth watching. Both contenders are interesting to watch, and I think we can expect something big and bold from each. So, this time around, what will the end result be?
What we know is Werdum (20-5-1) has won six straight fights. Velasquez (13-2), on the other hand, has only competed once over the past two years due to injuries. It’s not that anyone lacks faith in Velasquez, but the odds don’t really seem in his favor. However, there’s a lot of speculation that the outcome of UFC 196 will be a lot different than the outcome of UFC 188.
Some have hopped on the theory that altitude and ring rust were the reasons for Velasquez’s defeat, but take those two factors out of the equation and he should win by a long shot. Others don’t underestimate Werdum and his exceptional ability – they give credit to Werdum for winning the fight instead of saying Velasquez lost to himself.
Maybe Cain’s desire for revenge will help him demolish Werdum. Maybe Werdum will smoke him once again. One thing is for sure, if Velasquez does lose, he can’t blame the altitude this time. And we will all have to give credit where credit is due.
What’s our prediction? Fabricio Werdum. We know Cain is a great fighter, but we also know Fabricio is a warrior.
What’s next? Whoever wins gets to face Stipe Miocic, who earned his next shot at the heavyweight title with a 54-second knockout over Andrei Arlovski at UFC 195.
Be there at UFC® 196
Okay ladies and gentlemen, what are your predictions? Will Werdum keep his title or will Velasquez take it back once again?
I know we are all waiting to see if this will be a repeat of UFC 188.
Fun fact: Fabricio Werdum’s guillotine choke win over Cain Velasquez at UFC 188 was MMA Weekly’s Reader’s Choice 2015 Submission of the Year. So if that doesn’t get you excited for UFC 196, I don’t know what will.
You know you want to be there…who wouldn’t? The good news is, you can. With an Official Ticket Package through UFC VIP Experience you can get prime seats to UFC 196 plus exclusive VIP extras! Werdum vs. Velasquez 2 is calling your name.