Cain Velasquez had a dream to compete in Mexico and have his hand raised as UFC heavyweight champion.
That didn’t happen Saturday night at UFC 188, as Fabricio Werdum claimed a submission win over Velasquez and left Mexico City as the undisputed titleholder.
“Sorry to everyone here,” Velasquez said. “It was my dream to fight here and win in front of everyone. I’m sorry.”
The now two-time former champion was a bloody mess after the contest, as he took serious punishment to the face by Werdum. After shooting in for a takedown in the third, the Brazilian was able to lock up a guillotine choke, forcing Velasquez to quickly tap.
In 2011, Velasquez (13-2) lost to another Brazilian in Junior dos Santos, but returned just over a year later to win back to the title. He has spent almost two full years on the sidelines since a 2013 victory over dos Santos recovering from knee injuries.
“This is just more motivation for me to keep getting better,” he said. “To win that belt back again.”