UFC president Dana White hinted that a rematch would be in order for the heavyweight title, and he confirmed that during Wednesday night’s episode of “UFC Tonight.”
Fabricio Werdum’s first defense will come against the man he won the title from, Cain Velasquez. No date or location has been scheduled for the fight.
Werdum submitted Velasquez this past June in a bout months in the making. They were scheduled to meet in 2014, but an injury knocked Velasquez back to the sidelines.
Velasquez won the belt in 2012 when he avenged his lone loss to date by knocking out Junior dos Santos. He successfully defended it vs. Antonio Silva and dos Santos before falling to Werdum.
Since besting Brock Lesnar in 2010 for his first title, Velasquez has fought just three different fighters – Silva twice, dos Santos three times and now Werdum twice.
Werdum earned his sixth straight win by locking up a guillotine choke in Velasquez. He earned the title shot with wins over Mark Hunt, Travis Browne and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Prior to returning to the UFC, the Brazilian submitted Fedor Emelianenko in 2010 with a triangle armbar.
The heavyweight division has seen a influx of returning fighters, as Frank Mir and Andrei Arlovski have put together win streaks. Also, Stipe Miocic and Ben Rothwell are viewed as top contenders, along with rumors of Emelianenko finally signing with the UFC.
White had mentioned the beginning of 2016 for Werdum-Velasquez to take place.