Cain Velasquez is getting a chance to avenge the second loss of his professional career.
The former UFC heavyweight champion faces Fabricio Werdum at UFC 207 Dec. 30 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Long rumored, the bout was conrirmed by Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports.
Velasquez and Werdum first met at UFC 188 in June 2015, fighting to unify the UFC’s heavyweight championships.
Werdum, who had at that time seen an impressive career resurgence, became the interim champion at UFC 180. He was originally scheduled to meet Velasquez for the undisputed crown, but wound up facing Mark Hunt in an interim title after the champion suffered an injury. He went on to defeat Velasquez at UFC 188 in a stunning upset.
Long known for his ability to fight with a heavy pace without tiring, Velasquez seemed to empty his gas tank early on in the high altitude of Mexico City. Werdum sunk in the guillotine choke in Round 3 to become the second man to beat the Mexican-American fighter.
Werdum never went on to face Stipe Miocic in his first title defense, suffering a first-round knockout to the American in front of a raucous crowd in Curitiba, Brazil. “Vai Cavalo” got back to his winning ways at UFC 203, defeating Travis Browne via unanimous decision.
Velasquez, meanwhile, also picked up a much-needed victory following his title loss. The American Kickboxing Academy standout also defeated Browne, stopping “Hapa” via first-round TKO at UFC 200 in July.
UFC 207 is headlined by the return of former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, who faces current titleholder Amanda Nunes.