Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum want to fight each other, like, really badly. The only problem is, it seems as if the MMA Gods have been pulling out every last trick in the book to make sure that they never get the chance to.
A brief refresher, for those who have had trouble keeping up with this story: After dominating Velasquez en route to a third round submission win at UFC 188, Werdum was (somewhat inexplicably) booked in an immediate rematch against the AKA standout at UFC 196. Just a week out from said match, Velasquez was felled by a back injury and forced to pull out of the fight. Werdum was offered a last-minute bout against Stipe Miocic, denied it, accepted it, and then pulled out of the fight with his own injury. A fight between Werdum and Miocic was then moved to UFC 198 and saw the Brazilian knocked out in the first round.
It's the only logical fight to book when looking over the state of the UFC's heavyweight division, really. Stipe Miocic has already fought three times this year -- most recently knocking out Alistair Overeem at UFC 203 -- and has stated his desire to take a break (which may or may not include punching Martin Shkreli for charity) before coming back strong in early 2017. The fourth ranked heavyweight, Overeem, happens to be the guy Miocic just beat, and fifth-ranked Junior Dos Santos only recently got back in the win column via a victory over the the sixth-ranked Ben Rothwell. In terms of heavyweight star power, Werdum vs. Velasquez II is as good as it can get for the UFC's always extravagant card to close out 2016.