There will be no world championship on the line when Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez meet for the second time in a UFC 207 bout on Friday, December 30 in Las Vegas. But don’t expect there to be any less intensity when two of the greatest heavyweights of all-time attempt to settle their score at T-Mobile Arena.
Originally scheduled to face each other for the second time in February, an injury to Velasquez scrapped the bout, and heavyweight history was ultimately altered, as Werdum went on to lose the belt he took from Velasquez in June of 2015 to Stipe Miocic at UFC 198 in May.
Since that bout, Brazil’s Werdum bounced back with a three round unanimous decision over Travis Browne in September that cemented his No. 1 ranking atop the division. But while Werdum is seeking a championship rematch with Miocic, he first has business to settle with the No. 2-ranked Velasquez.
A two-time heavyweight champion, California’s Velasquez bounced back from his defeat to Werdum with a Performance of the Night knockout of Browne at UFC 200 in July. And in December, he not only wants to earn a crack at the belt and the opportunity to join Randy Couture as the only fighters in UFC history to win the heavyweight championship three times, but to avenge the second loss of his career against the man who submitted him at UFC 188.
UFC 207, which is headlined by the UFC women’s bantamweight championship bout between Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey, airs live on Pay-Per-View.
Stipe Miocic successfully defended his title against 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix winner and former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem last night, September 10 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
The heavyweight title fight was crazy. Overeem’s guillotine choke in the first round was survived by Stipe Miocic. It fueled the champ and punches were thrown at ‘The Reem’ standing and on the ground afterwards. Alistair was just covering his face until the referee find the need to stop the fight.
The debut fight of wrestling superstar CM Punk was devastating. Mickey Gall submitted and forced the wrestler to tap in round one. “I’m just really, really proud of myself. I lost, it sucks. And it was lopsided. And it’s upsetting, but I know I’m better than that”, CM Punk said and still positive after the beat down. Respect.
Fabricio Weirdum defeated Travis Browne for the second time around. Werdum’s flying kick and knee to head highlighted this heavyweight bout apart from Werdum kicking coach Edmond Tarverdyan when the decision was about to announce, caused a slight commotion.
Tonight also, Jimmie Rivera was able to passed the big test that Urijah Faber provided him with. El Terror’s striking was accurate. Rivera even hurt and turned Faber’s leg to red with a vicious kick. The California Kid’s chin was unbelievable though. The decision win could put the man in top 10.
Bonuses went to Stipe Miocic and Alistair Overeem for FOTN. While Jessica Andrade and Yancy Medeiros earned POTN.
Here’s the full result below:
Heavyweight: Stipe Miocic def. Alistair Overeem in round 1 by KO
Heavyweight: Fabricio Werdum def. Travis Browne by UD
Heavyweight: Mickey Gall def. CM Punk in round 1 by submission (RNC)
Featherweight: Jimmie Rivera def. Urijah Faber by UD
Women’s strawweight: Jessica Andrade def. Joanne Calderwood in round 1 by submission (guillotine choke)
Women’s Bantamweight: Bethe Correia def. Jessica Eye by SD
Lightweight: Nik Lentz def. Mairbek Taisumov in round 2 by TKO
Middleweight: Brad Tavares def. Caio Magalhaes by SD
Heavyweight: Yancy Medeiros def. Sean Spencer in round 2 by submission (RNC)
Light heavyweight: francimar Barroso vs. CB Dollaway – scrapped due to elevator injury
Lightweight: Drew Dober def. Jason Gonzalez in round 1 by TKO
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It was a great match nonetheless Werdum had the perfect game plan to win this game. It was a bit surprising as Cain Velasquez got tired and Werdum was tagging him and eventually choked out the champ via Guillotine.
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UFC 188: Velasquez vs. Werdum is an upcoming mixed martial arts event that will be held on June 13, 2015 at Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City, Mexico. The fight was originally set at UFC 180. However, Velasquez pulled out of the bout due to a knee injury and the event was instead headlined by an interim title bout between Werdum and Mark Hunt.
Cain with a 4 time winning streak and a career record of (13-1-0) doesn’t think his gonna leave the throne anytime soon, but Fabricio (19-5-1) has been on a streak on his own winning every bout since Febuary of 2012 this will be a battle to know who is the baddest man on the planet.
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