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UFC 188: Velasquez vs. Werdum took place on Saturday night at the Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City, Mexico and aired on pay-per-view, FX and UFC Fight Pass.

Cain Velasquez (13-2) is currently on a one-fight losing streak. UFC 188 was his third title defense as heavyweight champion. He’s two-title heavyweight champion while being in the sport of MMA since 2006. In his last six bouts, he’s 4-2. He lost to Junior Dos Santos in November of 2011 in his first title defense as champion by first-round knock but rebounded in a stellar way. He beat Antonio Silva at UFC 146 to earn a title shot against JDS in May of 2012 with a first-round TKO win. He went and faced JDS for the second time at UFC 155, which he won by unanimous decision. He made his first title defense during his second reign as champion against Antonio Silva at UFC 160, which he won by first-round TKO and then in his next fight he beat JDS for the third time at UFC 166 by fifth-round TKO. He lost to Fabricio Werdum by submission in the third round at UFC 188.

Fabricio Werdum (20-5-1) is currently on a six-fight winning streak. In his last six bouts, he’s 6-0. He beat Roy Nelson at UFC 143 by unanimous decision, then knocked out Mike Russow at UFC 147 by first-round knockout and then beat Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in June of 2013 by second-round armbar. He beat Travis Browne to earn a title show in April of 2014 by unanimous decision. He was supposed to fight Cain Velasquez, but Velasquez went down with an injury and fought Mark Hunt for the interim UFC heavyweight title at UFC 180, which Werdum won by second-round TKO. He submitted Cain Velasquez in the third round at UFC 188.

Here is the play by play from this fight:

Round 1: No glove touch by either fighter. They exchange bombs right off the bat. Werdum slipped, but Velasquez let him up. They clinch, Werdum with some big knees in the corner. Velasquez put him up against the fence, the crowd is going nuts. They exchange knees, Cain’s cut over his left eye. Velasquez got a single leg takedown into side control. Velasquez with some elbows as Werdum rolled and scrambled to his feet. They exchange in the pocket, Velasquez lights him with punches. Werdum with a trip takedown, but Velasquez right back to his feet. Velasquez with some big shots that rock Werdum. Werdum looks a bit tired but keeps coming forward with some straight right hands. Werdum pulled guard, but Velasquez stepped away and let him back up. Werdum with some jabs and Velasquez is a bloody mess right now.

Round 2: Werdum with some head kicks and then counter right. Velasquez presses forward, he starts throwing some leg kicks. Werdum isn’t checking any of them. Velasquez constantly pressing forward, two juggernauts going at it. Werdum tagged him with a good jab and then rocks Velasquez. However, Velasquez cliches, but Werdum continues to throw strikes. They separate, then exchange in the pocket. What a fight! Werdum swarms him and tags Velasquez over and over. Werdum with a knee to the face of Velasquez. By the end of round two, Velasquez is wobbly and tired. Joe Rogan plays up the altitude as the factor in Velasquez performance. Werdum rocked and dropped Velasquez with an uppercut. Velasquez gets back to his feet Cain won’t go down!

Round 3: Velasquez with a takedown right out of the gate. Werdum rolled through and got on top. Velasquez scrambled to his feet, then let Werdum up. Werdum with a lead jab. Velasquez threw a head kick then pressed forward with the clinch. Werdum with a guillotine choke, Velasquez slipped out but ate some big shots in the pocket. Velasquez gets out again. Talk about heart, that’s what Velasquez has. Velasquez shot in on a double-leg takedown, but Werdum caught him with a guillotine choke for the win!

Result: Fabricio Werdum def. Cain Velasquez via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 2:15

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