Look at whose little piggy is all healed up! On Friday, it was reported UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum (pictured) will put his belt on the line against Stipe Miocic at UFC 198.
Arena Atletico Paranaense in Curitiba, Brasil will host the May 14 event. The soccer stadium holds over 40,000 capacity.
The middleweight shootout between Vitor Belfort and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, which was originally announced as the show’s featured attraction, has been bumped to the co-main event.
Werdum was initially slated to grant Cain Velasquez a rematch at UFC 196, but Velasquez withdrew with a back injury just 13 days before showtime. Miocic promptly offered his services, and was subsequently granted the championship affair he has been campaigning for, then Werdum pulled out the following day due to a toe and knee injury.
Miocic was promised the winner of Werdum vs. Velasquez II after putting Andrei Arlovski to sleep in just 54 seconds in January at UFC 195. The 33-year-old has rattled off wins in five of his past six outings. The lone defeat during his current run came three fights ago in a highly controversial decision loss to former champ Junior dos Santos.
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.
Here is the card’s current lineup:
Sergio Moraes vs. Kamaru Usman
Yancy Medeiros vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Evan Dunham vs. Leonardo Santos
Nate Marquardt vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos
Warlley Alves vs. Bryan Barberena
Matt Brown vs. Demian Maia
Patrick Cummins vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Vitor Belfort vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza
Stipe Miocic vs. Fabricio Werdum (UFC heavyweight champion)