Are you ready? Two of the most hotly anticipated bouts happening in the coming months.
Velasquez vs Werdum – UFC 188 – Arena Cuidad de Mexico – México City
Currently ranked as the top heavyweight in the world by the globally respected, Sherdog, Cain Velasquez will be looking unify the two UFC Heavyweight title belts currently in play.
His opponent, Werdum, was awarded the interim belt after Velasquez pulled out of their previously scheduled bout at UFC 180, citing a knee injury. Werdum took advantage by beating Mark Hunt via TKO in the 2nd round in a performance which would earn him the performance of the night bonus. His heavy BJJ background will come into play from the start in his clash with Velasquez on June 13th, and will look to hurt the American born fighter early on.
— Fabricio Werdum (@FabricioWerdum) May 31, 2015
Rousey vs Correia – UFC 190 – HSBC Arena Rio de Janeiro
Finally, a highly personal bout for which the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship will be contested in the challenger’s home country of Brazil. Fresh, extremely fresh off her double time victory against Cat Zingano in February, Rousey will be expecting to extend her winning record to 12-0-0 in similar fashion.
The build continues to be been marred by a number of provocative comments from the Correia, referencing the passing of Ronda’s father when she was a child “She can't take the pressure. I will give her the chance to get the belt back. Please, don't kill yourself, don't commit suicide, because I will give you the rematch."
Unsurprisingly, this didn’t sit well with the undefeated champion and box-office mega-star, prompting a swift and blunt response, promising to retain her championship and perhaps alluding to dishing out a little more than a quick defeat to Correia when they meet on August 1st.
@bethecorreia suicide is no joke or selling point. My father will be with me the day I hand you the comeuppance you deserve.
— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) May 28, 2015
As an added bonus, fight fans can look towards Saitama, Japan for the eagerly-awaited meeting between Josh Barnet and Roy Nelson, which will take place in the historic Saitama Super Arena at UFC Fight Night 78. Saitama and has been one of the most celebrated homes for Japanese puroreso (pro-wrestling) over the years, and recently hosted the battle between the legendary Satoshi Ishii and Fedor Emelianenko.
This will be Barnett’s first venture into the octagon in two years, whilst the self-styled ‘Warmaster’, Nelson is looking to boost his record which has taken a hit in recent times, this match could prove to be a final hurrah for both men in the spotlight and gives added-importance to the clash due to take place on September 27th this year.
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