UFC 188 features the heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum.

Velasquez is coming off of almost a two-year layoff due to injury and while he was away Werdum won the interim heavyweight title belt against Marc Hunt.

Velasquez is 13-1 in his career, with his only loss coming to Junior dos Santos for the heavyweight title; Velasquez is looking to claim his heavyweight title belt back for himself. Finishing 85% of his fights by KO/TKO, Velasquez is as scary as the come inside the octagon. In his last two-title defenses, Velasquez has won by KO/TKO with his victories over Antonio Silva and dos Santos.

He will be taking on interim heavyweight titleholder Fabricio Werdum. Werdum is 19-5-1 in his career and has won his last five fights, with his last loss coming in 2011. Werdum is undefeated in the UFC and after he has beaten Hunt for the interim title, he has been on a mission to show the world that he deserves to be the real heavyweight champion.

This is a fight for the ages and is sure to promise some fireworks. It is almost a guarantee that this fight will end with a stoppage of some sorts and fans should be excited to see who is the one to stop it.

Other notable fights on this card:

#4 Gilbert Melendez vs. #9 Eddie Alvarez

#10 Kevin Gastelum vs. Nate Marquardt

#5 Tecia Torres vs. #15 Angela Hill

#7 Henry Cejudo vs. #13 Chico Camus

Francisco Trevino vs. Johnny Case

With a card this stacked, it is very hard to decided who will bring home the Fight Night bonuses, but here are my predictions:

Fight of the Night:

I think the Fight of the Night bonus will not go to the heavyweight title fight because I believe that Velasquez will make quick work of Werdum, even with the layoff. I think the Fight of the Night will go to the #4 Gilbert Melendez vs. #9 Eddie Alvarez. I think this will be a great fight and both fighters will put on a show for the fans. They both are pushing for title contention and will give it everything they have to make sure they walk away with a win on Saturday night.

Performance of the Night:

These were a little easier for me to pick because I feel so highly of the two fighters I am picking. I believe Johnny Case will finish Francisco Trevino and earn himself another Performance of the Night bonus in the UFC. Case is a young rising star in the UFC and Saturday will show that he means business. If he does get the victory on Saturday, I would love to see him take on Paul Felder after Felder scarps with Edson Barboza on July 25, 2015.

My next pick goes to Henry Cejudo. Cejudo is known for his gold medal wrestling skills, which is why I think he will show everyone that he brings more to the table on Saturday. Look for him to finish Camus and earn himself a Performance of the Night bonus. He is looking to show that he deserves to be in title talks already.

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Jeremy Klump
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Jeremy Klump is a Sport Media major at Ithaca College and has been writing about Mixed Martial Arts for over a year now. He interned at MVC Sports Management and AMA Fight Club. While interning at MVC and AMA, Jeremy found out that he had a true passion for writing about Mixed Martial Arts. He has interviewed and wrote articles on top UFC fighters while also having knowledge of regional fighters and the top new comers. He looks to grow as a writer and expand his knowledge of Mixed Martial Arts while being a proud member of The MMA Corner team.