Fans of the fightsports typically love rematches, especially when the fight is between two elite combatants. Those who love mixed martial arts will be in for a treat on Dec. 30 when two former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champions will collide for the second time when Cain Velasquez takes on Fabricio Werdum at UFC 207.
Velasquez is a former two-time champion and wants nothing more than to eventually reclaim what he believes truly belongs to him. The American Kickboxing Academy fighter initially captured the heavyweight crown by destroying Brock Lesnar in the first at UFC 121 but relinquished it in his first defense when Junior dos Santos knocked him out in just 64 seconds. Velasquez regained the belt at UFC 155 by edging “JDS” via decision and defended it twice before losing it to Werdum via third-round submission at UFC 188.
Werdum, who has submitted some of the greatest big men in history, lost the heavyweight title in his first defense when Stipe Miocic knocked him out in the first at UFC 198 in May. The loss snapped the Brazilian’s six-fight winning streak and if he’s to get another crack at the throne, he’ll have to replicate what he did to Velasquez in Mexico City last June.
The clash will be one of the featured bouts on UFC 207, which is gearing up to be one of the biggest and best cards of the year. The event will go down Dec. 30 at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be headlined by the women’s bantamweight championship between reigning 135-pound queen Amanda Nunes and former titlist Ronda Rousey.
The card’s initial prelims will be streamed live on UFC Fight Pass, followed by the rest of the preliminary card on Fox Sports 1. And per the norm, the meaty main card will be available live on pay-per-view.
Also slated for the event will be Homasi against Brandon Thatch; Alex Garcia will take on Mike Pyle; Tim Means will knuckle up with Alex Oliveira; and Johny Hendricks will oppose Neil Magny.