It was the fight they’ve all been waiting for, but local favorite Cain Velasquez couldn’t defeat Fabricio Werdum in a heavyweight battle at UFC 188. Find out all the details!
Introducing the new UFC heavyweight champion of the world! Brazilian fighter Fabricio Werdum, 37, defeated Mexican rival Cain Velasquez, 32, in an astonishing fight in Mexico City on June 13 at UFC 188, shocking the world on his big win!
So shocking! It was Cain who was doing all the talking pre-fight, and was recognized as the favorite before the contest began, despite it being his first fight in 20 months since his injury. Even with home support, and a huge crowd cheering him on, he came up short against his 6’4″ rival. Cain started the fight in blistering fashion in the first round, landing a number of punches on Fabricio, who appeared to be out of his depth. It seemed that Cain, one of Mexico’s most-famous athletes, was well on his way to victory.
However, come the second round the pendulum swung towards Fabricio. Rather than look sluggish as he did in the first, the underdog looked invigorated and began to land a number of punches and started to control the pace of the fight.
By round three, Cain’s crowd sensed their hero was in trouble and there was a deafening sound around the stadium as they desperately cheered their man on. However, it was to no avail. Cain went for a takedown, and that ended up costing him, as Fabricio’s superior jiu-jitsu skills helped him submit Cain with a guillotine that forced him to tap out after just 2:15 of the third round!
The fight Cain’s fans had wanted, his first fight in Mexico, sadly ended in disappointment for the home faithful. But that’s not to take away from the deserved winner.
Sorry Cain Velasquez Insists He Will Bounce Back After Loss
After the fight, Cain acknowledged his support and thanked his fellow countrymen for their cheers.
“I’m sorry to everyone here, my dream was to fight here,” Cain addressed the crowd. “I’ll come back and I’ll win that title again.” His fans may hold him to that!
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— Jon Boon