“I’m really happy to have settled on this date. Of course I really tried to make it happen in Brazil, but it didn’t work. I’m sure I’ll have another opportunity to fight in my country in the future. Actually, my coach, Rafael Cordeiro had already foreseen I would beat Cain and we would rematch in Las Vegas. To be honest, I think he told me that about two years ago. Now it’s really happening, just like he said. I’m really happy that everything he saw is coming true. I will beat Cain again. I don’t mean to be arrogant, just confident.”
-UFC Heavyweight Champ Fabricio Werdum talks to Combate in Brazil about his rematch with Cain Velasquez now that a date is confirmed for UFC 196 in February (translated by Lucas Rezende at BloodyElbow.com).
Penick’s Analysis: As great as Velasquez had been prior to his return bout with Werdum in June, I’m not sure there’s reason to believe a rematch this quick will bring any different outcome. Blame the altitude all you’d like, Werdum absolutely dominated that fight in June, and finished Velasquez after beating him up in the striking department. He was the better fighter start to finish, and eight months isn’t likely to change that.