According to a report from Brazilian media outlet Combate, the UFC is looking to book the heavyweight title fight between reigning champion Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic for UFC 198 on May 14 in Brazil.

The event was originally named UFC Fight Night 87 and was scheduled to be headlined by a middleweight fight between Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza and Vitor Belfort. But with the addition of the heavyweight title fight, the event has been moved from Fox Sports 1 to pay-per-view, with Jacare vs. Belfot appearing in the co-main event.

Miocic (14-2) was scheduled to replace the injured Cain Velasquez against Werdum for the title at UFC 196 this weekend. However it was not soon after, Werdum announced he too would be pulling out of the bout with an injury.

In his most recent bout fans, Miocic him walk away with a blistering 54-second knockout over former champion Andrei Arlovski at UFC 195 in January. Prior to this performance, the Cleveland native demolished former title contender Mark Hunt en route to fifth round TKO. During the bout, Miocic set a UFC record for the most strikes landed in a fight, outlanding Hunt 361 – 48. He will enter this contest with 11 career stoppage wins, including 10 by way of (T)KO.

Werdum (20-5-1) earned his undisputed title after submitting then champion Velasquez in their title unification bout at UFC 188 in Mexico City. He previously earned his shot at the belt after rattling off four straight wins inside the Octagon, which included victories over Antiono ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira and Travis Browne. This culminated with a coaching spot opposite Velasquez on the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America.

The two were then supposed to do battle over Velasquez’s belt before an injury forced the then champion of the card. Werdum would go on to defeat Velasquez’s replacement Mark Hunt by way of second round TKO, earning the interim heavyweight title in the process.

The entire vent is expected to take place May 14. Other bouts announced for the card Demian Maia vs. Matt Brown, Leonardo Santos vs. Evan Dunham and Nate Marquardt vs. Thiago Santos.

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