According to reports, the UFC is looking to book a heavyweight title fight between reigning champion Cain Velasquez and interim champion Fabricio Werdum for the main event of UFC 188 in June. The two were originally scheduled to meet at UFC 180 last November, following their coaching stints on TUF: Latin American before a knee injury forced the champion out of the bout.

UFC President Dana White initially told La Afición reporter Carlos Contreras Legaspi of the bout announcement. Steve Duncan of MMA.uno would later confirm the news.

Werdum (18-5-1) would go on to defeat Velasquez’s replacement Mark Hunt by way of second round TKO, earning the interim heavyweight title in the process. his gave the Brazilian submission specialist victories in eight of his last nine bout, which includes a Submission of the Year over the legendary Fedor Emelianenko back in 2010. He previously earned his shot at the belt with a 25-minute beat down of Travis Browne in the main event of UFC on FOX 11 in April.

Velasquez (13-1) has not been seen since decimating long time rival Junior dos Santos with a violent fifth round TKO at UFC 166 in October 2013. Following this bout, the former Arizona State wrestling All-American was sidelined with a shoulder injury for the several months, before finally pulling out his fight with Werdum after tearing his meniscus.

No other bouts have been made official.

UPDATE: Sources close to The MMA Corner have confirmed reports that Velasquez and Werdum will indeed meet at UFC 188.

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