An immediate rematch between UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum (pictured) and Cain Velasquez has been etched in crayon since Werdum shocked the world in June, but a date for the sequel hasn’t been set until now.
On this week’s edition of “UFC Tonight,” it was announced the two will do battle February 6 at UFC 196 at a yet-to-be determined venue in Las Vegas.
There was chatter Velasquez would get the chance to reclaim his throne a month earlier, but the UFC opted to push the bout back a month to take top billing on their Super Bowl weekend card.
Velasquez was riding a dominant four-fight winning streak into their initial matchup. He has been considered by many pundits as the world’s best heavyweight for the past several years.
Velasquez is known for his nonstop motor, but gassed out early against Werdum, who has made a career on serving up upset specials. Velasquez took a ton of heat after the shocking submission defeat for not traveling to Mexico City earlier in order to get acclimated to the high altitude. He paid a steep price for his mistake.
Werdum, meanwhile, has quietly entered the conversation as best heavyweight in MMA history given his track record. With quality wins over Gabriel Gonzaga (2), Alistair Overeem, Brandon Vera, Antonio Silva, Fedor Emelianenko, Roy Nelson, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Travis Browne, Mark Hunt and Velasquez, who were all relatively in their primes, it can be argued that no heavyweight has a better resume.
No other bouts have been announced for UFC 196 at this time.