It’s fight week for UFC 188.

The main event is the highly anticipated return of Cain Velasquez. Velasquez will look to unify his title against current interim champion, Fabricio Werdum after sitting out for a year and a half. Velasquez is one of the most feared men in the UFC, but it’s been a long time since we could see why.

Werdum is on a five fight win streak, but not one of those opponents is close to Cain’s level. If you dig deeper into Werdum’s resume you start to uncover some very big wins though. The biggest name that Werdum has toppled is Fedor Emelianenko.

When Werdum stepped into the cage with Emelianenko, he was fighting a man perceived to be indestructible. While Velasquez may go down as one of the greatest heavyweight champs, he just isn’t the same person as Fedor was, at least not yet.

Werdum knows that every man can be defeated, it’s just a matter of finding the weakness and exploiting it perfectly. When Werdum looks at Velasquez’s most recent fights, he is going to come across some footage that would give any man nightmares. The most brutal of all, Cain Velasquez vs. Big Foot Silva II.

It’s not uncommon for a heavyweight fight to end in a first round TKO. That’s exactly what happened between Velasquez and Silva in their second encounter. It was shocking how much damage Velasquez was able to accrue by 1:21 of round 1. As Velasquez delivered brutal ground and pound big foots face was gushing blood.  The picture says it all.

Werdum will step into the octagon knowing that he has the ability to win, but the same goes for Velasquez. The biggest question mark is how will Cain look after such a long lay off, and how confident will he be in his knee. Only time will tell. The UFC is pushing the tag line “There can be only one” and on Sunday morning, the heavyweight title will be unified and the questions will be answered.

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Michael Davis
Director, Business Development/Senior Staff Writer

Michael Davis is a seasoned professional in the world of finance. In recent years, he has worked for Fortune 500 companies and consulted at one of the largest hedge funds in the world. After working closely with a mixed martial arts management company, he realized he could apply his skills to the sport he loved. The culmination of his professional experience and passion for MMA have led him to his role as Senior Staff Writer and Director of Business Development at The MMA Corner.