On Friday, June 12, the UFC will host the weigh-ins for UFC 188: Velasquez vs. Werdum which takes place Saturday, June 13, from the Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City.
In the night’s main event, the promotion will unify its heavyweight title as reigning champion Cain Velasquez will return from a lengthy injury absence to square off with interim titleholder Fabricio Werdum. The pair were originally slated to meet at UFC 180 in November, but Velasquez was forced out of the contest. Werdum went on to stop Mark Hunt and capture the interim championship. The 32-year-old Velasquez will fight for the first time since October of 2013. Brazil’s Werdum has not tasted defeat since returning to the promotion in 2012.
The co-main event of the evening features a long-awaited lightweight battle between former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez and former Bellator MMA kingpin Eddie Alvarez. Melendez has come up short twice in his conquest for UFC gold, most recently falling to Anthony Pettis in December via guillotine choke. Alvarez, meanwhile, dropped his promotional debut in September to current No. 1 contender Donald Cerrone.
The 11-fight event kicks off Saturday at 7 p.m. ET with two fights streaming on UFC Fight Pass. Four additional preliminary card bouts follow at 8 p.m. ET on FX, with the five-fight main card airing live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET.
The fighters will hit the scales at 7 p.m. ET on Friday. A live video feed appears above (courtesy of the UFC), while the results appear below.
Pay-Per-View Main Card
Cain Velasquez (242) vs. Fabricio Werdum (236) – heavyweight title unification bout
Gilbert Melendez (156) vs. Eddie Alvarez (156)
Kelvin Gastelum (185) vs. Nate Marquardt (184)
Yair Rodriguez (145) vs. Charles Rosa (145)
Tecia Torres (114) vs. Angela Hill (115)
FX Preliminary Card
Henry Cejudo (125) vs. Chico Camus (126)
Efrain Escudero (156) vs. Drew Dober (155)
Alejandro Perez (136) vs. Patrick Williams (136)
Francisco Trevino (154) vs. Johnny Case (155)
UFC Fight Pass Preliminary Card
Augusto Montano (170) vs. Cathal Pendred (170)
Gabriel Benitez (145) vs. Clay Collard (146)
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