The octagon will be heading to Mexico City this weekend for UFC 188, and the main bout on the card looks like it might well be a great one for MMA betting fans. Current UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez will be squaring off against Fabricio Werdum, the man who held the title on an interim basis while Velasquez was out with injury.
Heavyweight | Cain Velasquez (c) vs. Fabrício Werdum
Lightweight | Gilbert Melendez vs. Eddie Alvarez
Middleweight | Kelvin Gastelum vs. Nate Marquardt
Featherweight | Yair Rodríguez vs. Charles Rosa
Women’s Strawweight | Tecia Torres vs. Angela Hill
At 37, Fabricio Werdum may be getting up there in years, but this is a guy that you ignore at your own peril. He uses a jiujitsu background and an astonishing ground game to wear down his opponents. Velasquez is a capable ground fighter, but he may meet his match if trying to go that route against Werdum. The Brazilian, whose overall record is 19-5-1, has won 5 straight fights, and will likely be in the better shape of the two to begin the fight. He has had 6 wins by KO and another 9 by submission during his career, which goes to show that this is a guy who can use strength and power to overcome an opponent.
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Since both of these fighters have a solid ground game that effectively cancels out what the other one does, I expect this to be more of a boxing style match. Both men hit with power, but the edge there has to go with Velasquez. If he can shake off the rust and hang in there in the opening rounds, I think he will eventually wear down Werdum and KO him in the 4th.