Neither Cain Velasquez nor Fabricio Werdum will be getting the next crack at the UFC heavyweight title.
Instead, a rematch between the two heavyweights is in the works for UFC 207, according to MMA Junkie and the Brazilian outlet Combate. Although the match isn't official yet, both fighters have publicly showed interest in fighting each other in December and offers have been sent to both camps by the UFC.
Werdum bounced back to the winning column this past weekend, picking up a unanimous decision victory over Travis Browne in the co-main event of UFC 203. Prior to that, the Brazilian jiujitsu black belt lost his title to the man who fought later that night in the main event of UFC 203 – Stipe Miocic. That loss snapped a six-fight winning streak for Werdum.
Meanwhile, Velasquez finds himself in a very similar position to his potential opponent. The former UFC heavyweight champion picked up his first win since losing the belt to Werdum back in June 2015, coincidentally by also defeating Browne. However, Velasquez was able to finish Browne, defeating him via first-round technical knockout.
The first meeting between Werdum and Velasquez was at UFC 188 in Mexico City, Mexico. That night, Werdum captured heavyweight gold, submitting Velasquez in the third round after picking the Mexican apart with his striking for the majority of the fight.
UFC 207 is set to take place later this year on Dec. 30, 2016 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.