Cain Velasquez will finally get to defend his heavyweight title in Mexico when he takes on Fabricio Werdum at UFC 188. The event is set for June 13, at the Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City, Mexico.
Here are my UFC 188 predictions:
Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Werdum (Heavyweight Title Shot)
Werdum (19-5-1, 9 submissions) secured the interim heavyweight title during his last outing with a TKO victory against Mark Hunt, but his performance was far from flawless. He struggled early on during the encounter as Hunt found his chin early and often.
Velazquez (13-1-0, 11 KOs) couldn’t have looked better during his last outing, manhandling Junior dos Santos once again.
Despite the fact Werdum has been rather impressive ever since returning to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, it’s hard to see him having his way with Velazquez.
Cain is the more proficient striker, and he should be able to dictate where the action takes place with his superior wrestling. Of course, it wouldn’t be wise for Velasquez to play around in Werdum’s guard for lengthy periods.
It’s hard to completely rule our Werdum due to his: improved striking, the fact he can submit anyone in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and the fact Velasquez hasn’t been inside the Octagon in almost two years. But at the end of the day, the odds clearly favor Velasquez here.
Prediction: Cain Velasquez wins via TKO.
Gilbert Melendez vs. Eddie Alvarez
There’s a very good chance this turns out to be the most entertaining fight on the UFC 188 card. Both suffered similar fates during their last outings. Alvarez (25-4-0, 14 KOs) lost his UFC debut to Donald Cerrone after dominating the first round, while Melendez (22-4-0, 11 KOs) controlled Anthony Pettis for almost two rounds before succumbing to a guillotine choke during the second round.
Despite their recent setbacks, both remain at the top of the lightweight ladder, and are only a couple of wins from contention.
Both men are well-rounded fighters, but Melendez has more diversity in his striking arsenal while Alvarez utilizes more of a boxing approach. Melendez should also have a slight edge in the grappling department, making this his fight to lose.
Prediction: Gilbert Melendez wins via decision.
Remaining UFC 188 Predictions:
Kelvin Gastelum defeats Nate Marquardt
Yair Rodríguez defeats Charles Rosa
Angela Hill defeats Tecia Torres
Henry Cejudo defeats Chico Camus
Efrain Escudero defeats Drew Dober
Alejandro Pérez defeats Patrick Williams
Johnny Case defeats Francisco Trevino
Augusto Montaño defeats Cathal Pendred
Clay Collard defeats Gabriel Benitez
Albert Tumenov defeats Andrew Todhunter
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.
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