UFC President Dana White confirmed on Wednesday that Fabricio Werdum (20-5-1 MMA, 8-2 UFC) vs. Cain Velasquez (13-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) 2 will take place at UFC 196.
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This will be a rematch from their UFC 188 fight, which saw Werdum submit Velasquez in the third round at UFC 188 to become the UFC heavyweight champion.
Velasquez (13-2) is currently on a one-fight losing streak. In his last six bouts, he’s 4-2. He lost to Junior Dos Santos in November of 2011 in his first title defense as champion by first-round knock but rebounded in a stellar way. He beat Antonio Silva at UFC 146 to earn a title shot against JDS in May of 2012 with a first-round TKO win.
Werdum (20-5-1) is currently on a six-fight winning streak. In his last six bouts, he’s 6-0. He beat Roy Nelson at UFC 143 by unanimous decision, then knocked out Mike Russow at UFC 147 by first-round knockout and then beat Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in June of 2013 by second-round armbar.
UFC 196 takes place on Saturday, February 6th, 2016 from Las Vegas, Nevada with the main card airing on pay-per-view and the prelims airing on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. A venue for the event has not been announced.
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