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Cain Velasquez Receives Immediate Rematch Against Fabricio Werdum, Because UFC Title Shots, Amiright?

(The controversial finish to Velasquez vs. Werdum 1, in which Cain clearly tapped after being dominated for two and a half rounds. Via Getty.)

UFC title fights, amiright you guys? It seems that it’s getting more and more difficult for us self-proclaimed “experts” of the sport to accurately predict who’s next in line for one, what with Alexander Gustafsson receiving his on the heels of a TKO loss and Ronda Rousey all but locked in to defend hers against Floyd Mayweather next. But amidst the chaos that is the UFC title picture, there’s always been one weight division that we can count on for consistency: Heavyweight.

I mean, yeah, you could argue that Brock Lesnar shouldn’t have earned one following a 1-1 stint in the organization, or that Andrei Arlovski‘s opponents (Tim Sylvia aside) were little more than fall men brought in to, well, fall, but not nowadays! Nowadays, title shots must be earned, which is exactly why the next man to face newly-crowned champion Fabricio Werdum will be…the guy who he just beat. Yay matchmaking!

Details after the jump. 


UFC 188 Aftermath: Another G.O.A.T Bites the Dust…

(via Getty.)

Time and time again, we like to convince ourselves that a champion is unbeatable. Anthony Pettis was unbeatable, except for when he was defeated by Clay Guida in his first UFC appearance, then again by Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC 185. Renan Barao was a pound-for-pound king, until he got torched by a massive underdog fighting on short notice. Cain Velasquez was unbeatable and the supposed greatest heavyweight of all time, except for when he was KO’d by Junior Dos Santos in just over a minute a handful of fights ago. For how often we like to claim that so and so is the best his division has ever seen, or better yet, the GOAT, we rarely seem to actually pause and look at the evidence to support such an audacious claim.

Heading into last weekend’s UFC 188, Cain Velasquez had not competed in 2 years, and held just 14 professional contests to his name, yet he was pushed with the same “greatest of all time” narrative that we’ve heard a dozen times over. And once again, we were only setting ourselves up for disappointment.


UFC 188: A Complete A-to-Z Preview

(Think this is some brilliant guerilla marketing? Just wait until you try the Pollos Locos Velasquezamos Gorditas, hitting a Taco Bell near you!)

By Nasir Jabbar

Some of UFC’s marquee Hispanic fighters are graced to appear on the promotion’s second trip to Mexico at UFC 188 this weekend, none more prominent than heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. The injury prone Velasquez (well, calling him “injury prone” might be an understatement. The man’s spent more time in the ER than Tim “The Toolman” Taylor) returns to the octagon to take on interim-champion Fabricio Werdum for the unified heavyweight title, and in the night’s co-main event, Mexican-American Strikeforce vet Gilbert Melendez faces former Bellator champ Eddie Alvarez.

The main-card is rounded off with a important women’s strawweight bout and a couple of intriguing match-ups below, so by now you should know how it works – I’ve compiled an comprehensive A-to-Z list previewing the heck out of UFC 188. Join me?


Cutting Through The Bullsh*t: UFC 180 Edition

(Photo via Getty)

For a highly anticipated fight card marred by injuries to its premiere fighters and an ongoing crisis in Mexico, UFC 180: “Werdum vs. Hunt” turned out to be quite the showcase.

UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, who had a card built entirely around him for the promotion’s first trip to the country with support from Diego Sanchez and Erik Perez, had to bow out of a title fight against Fabricio Werdum a few weeks removed from the championship encounter. This was after both Perez and Sanchez were already out with of their respective scraps with wounds.

When it comes to the champion, there’s always a lingering concern about his injuries. Multiple setbacks which required surgery (including his latest) has seen Velasquez fight six times in four years, against three different opponents.

But the show must go on, which means the attention turned to Werdum and a combat sports legend serving as an unexpected title challenger in an interim heavyweight championship bout.


UFC 180 Results: Fabricio Werdum TKO’s Mark Hunt for Interim Heavyweight Title

(“Great news, everybody! Fabricio and I worked out our differences backstage, and we’ve decided not to fight. So…yeah. Take care and enjoy the fajitas.” / Photo via Getty)

The UFC is in Mexico City for the first time ever tonight, as Fabricio Werdum and Mark Hunt slug it out for the interim heavyweight title at UFC 180. Plus: TUF 17 winner Kelvin Gastelum looks for his fifth straight victory against Jake Ellenberger (who is trying to avoid his third-straight defeat), and top featherweight contenders Ricardo Lamas and Dennis Bermudez will temporarily take a break from dissing Conor McGregor in order to fight each other. So let’s put all the injuries and social unrest out of our minds and just try to have a good time, okay?

Our goi Alex Giardini will be hustling out round-by-round UFC 180 results from the PPV main card starting at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. Refresh the page every few minutes for all the latest updates, and shoot us your thoughts in the comments section or on twitter. ¡Gracias, amigos! (That’s all I got.)


Video: Chael Sonnen Breaks Down Fabricio Werdum vs. Mark Hunt on SportsCenter

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for — Chael Sonnen‘s debut appearance as a professional sports-talker on ESPN. In this clip that aired earlier today on SportsCenter, Sonnen breaks down tomorrow night’s UFC 180 main event between Fabricio Werdum and Mark Hunt, answering discussion questions from some random stiff* who mispronounces Werdum’s name, disses Roy Nelson’s gut, and ends the segment by bringing up the return of Brock Lesnar. Actually, that part spurred Chael’s best line:

“I called [Lesnar's] manager Paul Heyman this morning. I said, ‘Paul, it’s Chael. I’ve got a new job on SportsCenter. If you give me a quote regarding Brock, it’ll really make me look good.’ He said ‘Chael,’ and I quote: ‘I’m sleeping,’ and then he hung up.”

* I mean, I’m sure some of you people watch ESPN and know who Chael’s straight-man is, but I don’t, and he’s not worth googling.


Cain Velasquez Out of UFC 180 Main Event With Knee Injury, Mark Hunt To Face Fabricio Werdum for Interim Heavyweight Title

(Velasquez injured himself training — for the 1985 Bay Area Breakin’ Championships, son! / Photo via Getty)

As first reported by Yahoo!’s Kevin Iole, oft-injured heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez has withdrawn from his UFC 180 headlining fight against Fabricio Werdum due to another knee injury. Coming into replace him will be Mark Hunt (?!?), who will now fight Werdum for an interim heavyweight belt (?!!?!?!??!?!).

The injury is especially devastating for the UFC because Velasquez was slated to be the marquee face for the promotion’s debut event in Mexico, which goes down November 15th in Mexico City. Here’s what Velasquez had to say about his withdrawal in an official statement:

I’m so unbelievably disappointed that this happened. To say I was looking forward to fighting in Mexico for the first time is an understatement. I wanted to fight on that card so bad. Looks like it wasn’t meant to be and it’s not going to happen. I’m going to get my [right] knee fixed and get back to training as soon as I can. I’m sorry to the fans in Mexico who were expecting this fight, and I hope to be able to come down and still be a part of this historic event.

Velasquez hasn’t competed since his 5th-round TKO of Junior Dos Santos last October. This is the part of the blog post where normally I would recap all of the injuries that have befallen Velasquez during his time in the UFC, but I’ll just embed this tweet and spare myself the effort:


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It Looks Like We Won’t Be Seeing Cain Velasquez in the Octagon Anytime Soon

(Get comfortable, champ. You’re gonna be there a while. Via Cain’s Instagram.)

Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is kind of like Santa Claus, in that he only comes around once a year and delivers presents, if you will, in the form of vicious beatings for our entertainment. We haven’t seen Cain in the octagon since his October 2013 title defense over Junior Dos Santos in their trilogy match at UFC 166, but following a successful shoulder surgery in December, it was believed that Velasquez would back in action by late 2014.

Well kids, it looks like Christmas is cancelled this year, as other lingering injuries and a possible coaching gig on The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America may keep Velasquez sidelined until 2015. Yep, 2015. Said Ariel Helwani on last night’s edition of UFC Tonight:

I spoke to his wrestling coach and he told me that Cain’s doctor cleared him to use his right hand in training two weeks ago, but he’s not sure if Cain’s ready to use the left hand yet. He’s not sure if he’ll be ready by November. He said he won’t rush into the fight that’s targeted for then. He won’t fight until he’s 100 percent. There’s talk of Cain coaching The Ultimate Fighter Latin America, and the UFC has approached him about it, and they could film it in May in Las Vegas. It would be a likely scenario that he’d coach against Werdum now.

God. Damn. It.

So not only do we have to wait for Anthony Pettis to run the TUF gauntlet before we see him fight again, but now Velasquez is being put on the back burner? And to coach the international version of a notoriously cursed show as far as coaches go?

CagePotato Ban: Placing entire divisions on hold for a goddamn reality show. Or not stripping a champion of his/her belt after a year of inactivity. Either or.

-J. Jones


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