On Saturday, June 13, 2015, UFC fans finally get to see the heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez return to battle at UFC 188 in Mexico City, Mexico.

Velasquez has been out for eighteen months and will finally return to the octagon healthy enough to take on interim heavyweight title-holder Fabricio Werdum. Werdum won the interim title while Velasquez was injured against Mark Hunt.

Velasquez is arguably one of the greatest heavyweight fighters in the history of the UFC and if he can return to his world-class form on Saturday, he will show all the fans that his name should be right at the top. Standing at 13-1 in his career, Velasquez is as dominant inside the cage as they come. He has won 85% of his fights by KO/TKO and Saturday night could add to his total. Velasquez’s biggest challenge might not be Werdum, but instead, it might be that his last fight was October 19, 2013 when he beat Junior Dos Santos by KO/TKO.

His next big obstacle is Fabricio Werdum. Standing at 19-5-1, Werdum is no stranger to finishing fights, either, as he has won three of his last four fights with a finish. Werdum is on a five-fight win streak and if he can extend his streak to six wins, he will earn the heavyweight title outright and show the fans that he is the true heavyweight champion.

Also on the UFC 188 card is a top ten lightweight contender fight between #4 Gilbert Melendez and #9 Eddie Alvarez.

Melendez (22-4) is coming off of his title fight loss to Anthony Pettis by submission in round two. He is looking to bounce back and have his name floated around for title contention once again with a win over Alvarez.

Alvarez (25-4) is coming off of a loss in his UFC debut against, at the time, the rising Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.  Alvarez will be looking to quiet the crowd that thinks he will not be able to handle the tough competition in the UFC and prove that his loss to Cerrone was just being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Other notable fights on the card include:

  • #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
Main Card Summary

Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Werdum
Round 1: The round started out with both fighters throwing bombs, but Velasquez seemed to land the bigger shots. Velasquez had Werdum up against the cage and had very good pressure on him. Werdum caught Velasquez with a nice shot and cut his eye. Velasquez then took Werdum down but let him back up. Velasquez started to land some bombs on Werdum’s face. Werdum caught a knee attempt from Velasquez and took him down. Velasquez got right back to his feet and they both started to trade again. Both fighters just kept the pressure going and both fighters were landing hard shots to one another. Werdum seemed to be gassed at the end of the round, but he got some great shots and Velasquez was beat up at the end of the round.

Round 2: Both fighters started the round looking bruised and battered. They both came out trading again, but Velasquez was landing solid leg kicks. Werdum was landing some very solid shots on Velasquez and was holding his own. Werdum hurt Velasquez with a bomb to his face, but Velasquez recovered. Werdum landed a very strong knee and had Velasquez wobbly with a minute thirty left in the round. Werdum kept landing some very big shots on Velasquez’s face. Werdum ended the round by hurting Velasquez once again.

Round 3: Werdum started the round landing solid shots once again and controlling the fight, but Velasquez shot for a takedown and got it. Werdum got right back to his feet, though, and they started trading once again. Velasquez then landed a head kick and hurt Werdum, but Werdum caught Velasquez in a guillotine though Velasquez got out. Werdum then landed a vicious knee and kept the pressure up. Velasquez shot for a takedown, but Werdum caught him in a guillotine attempt and it was tight. He locked it in and forced Velasquez to tap. It was an amazing fight by Werdum.

Fabricio Werdum def. Cain Velasquez by submission (Guillotine) Round 3 (2:13)

Eddie Alvarez vs. Gilbert Melendez
Round 1: Both fighters started slow trying to find their distance. Melendez started to work his jab and use his reach advantage. Gilbert then caught Alvarez hard and rocked him. Alvarez looked to be hurt and trying to recover. Melendez was landing some very solid shots and was looking like the aggressor early and often. Alvarez landed a very nice body shot, but Melendez still looked to be the aggressor. Melendez landed another bomb to Alvarez’s face and he looked to be nervous to trade with him. Alvarez looked to still be hurt and Melendez was picking his shots. Alvarez’s eye looked horrible at the end of the round. Melendez looked to win the round.

Round 2: Alvarez’s eye was horrible to start the round and he could not see out of it. The round started slow, but you could tell Alvarez’s eye was really impacting him. Alvarez shot for a takedown but was unsuccessful. Melendez took one to the groin and the fight was stopped for a minute. Melendez landed a very nice knee to Alvarez’s body and he was in full control throughout the round. Alvarez landed some nice leg kicks and he started to become the aggressor. He worked for a takedown and secured it. Melendez got to his feet, but Alvarez controlled Melendez against the cage. Alvarez looked to take the round.

Round 3: Alvarez started the round with a takedown right away. He was unsuccessful at first, but he was relentless and secured the takedown early. Alvarez started the round as the aggressor and was looking good. Alvarez landed a very nice leg kick and then secured another takedown. Melendez got right back to his feet but was secured against the cage. Alvarez took Melendez down again and again he got back up. Melendez got back to his feet and started to work his jab well. With a minute left in the round, it seemed that Alvarez was winning the round. Alvarez then landed a beautiful spinning elbow and looked to close out the third round very strong.

Eddie Alvarez def. Gilbert Melendez by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Kelvin Gastelum vs. Nate Marquardt
Round 1: Gastelum started out the fight as the aggressor and landed some good shots early. He landed a body kick that looked to hurt Marquardt early. Gastelum landed a bomb to Marquardt’s face, but Marquardt answered with one of his own. Marquardt then got Gastelum against the cage. Marquardt got a takedown, but Gastelum got right back to his feet. Gastelum then got Marquardt down and got his back, but Marquardt escaped. Gastelum ended the round with a great fury and hurt Marquardt.

Round 2: Gastelum started out the round as the aggressor and landed some good leg kicks. Gastelum used his jab very effectively and his footwork looked great early in the second. Marquardt looked to be hurt and Gastelum kept being the aggressor. Gastelum started to land some vicious ground and pound and somehow the fight was not stopped. Marquardt looked to be very hurt and it was very surprising the fight was not ended. Gastelum got Marquardt’s back again and was looking for the choke. Marquardt got out of it and Gastelum was still working for a finish. Marquardt reversed Gastelum and looked for a leg, but was unsuccessful. Gastelum dominated the round, despite Marquardt’s tenacity. The doctor then ended the fight, but it was very good heart from Marquardt and a very good fight from Gastelum.

Kelvin Gastelum def. Nate Marquardt by TKO (corner stoppage) Round 2 (5:00)

Yair Rodriguez vs. Charles Rosa
Round 1: Rosa started out the fight as the aggressor, but Rodriguez threw a wild kick. He then threw another wild kick and it led to him being on his back and Rodriguez locked in a triangle. It was very tight and Rosa was in trouble early. Rosa was doing everything he could to try and survive. Rodriguez then started to switch for an arm-bar, but Rosa got out of it. Rosa was on top and landing some hard shots. He then took Rodriguez’s back and was working to secure it. Rosa slammed Rodriguez to the ground, but Rodriguez landed some good up kicks. Rosa then landed some good ground and pound. They scrambled on the ground and then both rose to their feet.

Round 2: The round started with Rodriguez throwing some good kicks and one leg kick actually dropped Rosa. Rosa was still coming forward and landing some good shots. Rodriguez was really opening up his attack and Rosa seemed to be slowing down. Rodriguez threw a very nice kick that seemed to hurt Rosa’s knee. Rosa shot for a takedown, but was stuffed. Rosa shot for another one, but Rodriguez reversed it and got the takedown. They stood up and went at it again. The referee then stopped the fight to check the gash on Rosa’s head. It was okay and they went on. Rodriguez was attacking the leg of Rosa and he seemed to really hurt the knee again. Rosa shot for a leg lock and was not successful. He took some damage from it. He shot for a takedown at the end and got it, but Rodriguez reversed it before the round ended.

Round 3: Rosa started out the round with a very good right hand. Rosa then shot for another takedown and secured it. Rosa landed some good shots from the top and was working from the top position. Rodriguez locked in a triangle and it looked very deep. Rosa slipped out because of all the blood and sweat. Rosa then reversed the position and got on top of Rodriquez. Rosa went for the crucifix, but Rodriguez got out of it and they stood up. Rosa took him down right away again and it seemed like Rosa had the energy ending the round. Rodriguez landed some good up kicks and the fight ended with the fans very happy.

Yair Rodriguez def. Charles Rosa by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Angela Hill vs. Tecia Torres
Round 1: Both fighters started out finding their range with Hill being the aggressor. Hill put a lot of pressure on Torres, but Torres shot for a takedown. Hill stuffed it, but Torres had her up against the cage. Hill turned Torres around and she controlled her for a little until Torres switched it back. They then split with Hill controlling the octagon until Torres took Hill down. Torres did not do much on top as she tried to pass over. Torres landed a couple of good shots at the end of the round.

Round 2: Hill once again started out the round as the aggressor. Torres shot for a takedown, but Hill defended it well. Hill landed a very nice right hand, but then Torres took her down and got into side control. Torres once again was unable to get anything going on top of Hill. Torres did not do much until she got Hill’s back for a second. Hill got out of the position and avoided any danger. The referee finally stood the fighters up after nothing happened at all on the ground. The round ended with nothing happening and the fans were booing.

Round 3: The altitude seemed to be hurting Hill early in the round. Hill was once again the aggressor in the round and trying to make this an actual fight, but Torres looked to take Hill down again. Torres did not seem like she wanted to fight at all. Hill was trying to be aggressive and make this a fight. Hill landed some good shots, but Torres once again shot for a takedown. Torres pushed Hill against the cage and controlled her there for a long time until the referee split them up. Nothing really happened in this round and the fans did not enjoy the fight so far. Torres then worked for another takedown towards the end of the round. The fans were not happy with it and they were really booing. The fight ended with absolutely no action and the fans were not happy.

Tecia Torres def. Angela Hill by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Full Results

MAIN CARD

Fabricio Werdum def. Cain Velasquez by submission (Guillotine) Round 3 (2:13)
Eddie Alvarez def. Gilbert Melendez by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Kelvin Gastelum def. Nate Marquardt by TKO (corner stoppage) Round 2 (5:00)
Yair Rodriguez def. Charles Rosa by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Tecia Torres def. Angela Hill by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

PRELIMINARY CARD

Henry Cejudo def. Chico Camus by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Efrain Escudero def. Drew Dober by submission (guillotine) Round 1 (0:54)
Patrick Williams def. Alejandro Perez by submission (guillotine) Round 1 (0:23)
Johnny Case def. Francisco Trevino by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

PRELIMINARY CARD

Cathal Pendred def. Augusto Montano by unamious decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Gabriel Benitez def. Clay Collard by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

(c) – Champion
(ic) – Interim Champion