ROUNDTABLE (pt. 1 of 2): Are you happy with the Fabricio Werdum vs. Cain Velasquez rematch at UFC 207 or would you rather either of them faced someone else instead first?

Cain Velasquez (artist Grant Gould © MMATorch)

Are you happy with the Fabricio Werdum vs. Cain Velasquez rematch at UFC 207 or would you rather either of them faced someone else instead first?

MICHAEL HISCOE, MMATorch contributor

While a rematch of a one-sided fight from only a year ago normally isn’t that desirable, it makes sense in this instance as between injuries and timing, it can be hard to make fresh match ups between top five heavyweights. Both men are coming off victories over Travis Browne and both are looking to get another shot at the title. There are questions to be answered regarding how Velasquez would fare against Werdum without the elevation playing a factor, so we will get that answer with this fight. The downside of making the fight is that it will eliminate one from contention for the time being, but with champion Stipe Miocic taking some time off, it made sense to make this fight in order to determine a clear number one contender.

CHRIS KING, MMATorch contributor

Personally I am not thrilled. I don’t know who makes sense for the champion Stipie Miocic to fight next with this matchup. Possibly Junior Dos Santos. Urgh, please somebody find some new blood for this division. If Cain gets injured again, they should just give him a P45 and, if Werdum loses, which I think he will, his win against Cain in the first place will just be down to the altitude level when they first fought. The best possible scenario for the UFC is that Cain does what he does and blows Werdum out of the water, then has a quick turnaround time to potentially fight the Champion in March, April, or May.

NICK GRINUPS, MMATorch contributor

I believe that this is a fight the Cain Velasquez really wants back.  I also think this is a way to Fabricio Werdum to get himself right back into a title shot with Stipe Miocic.  At this point, though, I feel as if both of these fighters are fighting for their legacy rather than the number one contender spot.  Both of these gentlemen have been named as among the best heavyweights to ever grace the sport of mixed martial arts.  Whoever wins this match may jump ahead in the all-time ranking and also get another shot at UFC gold.

MATTHEW ECOCHARD, MMATorch contributor

Yes, this is a good rematch for both of these fighters and will either cement the results of their first fight or show what should’ve really happened instead. Both fighters are coming off rebound victories from title losses and this is a good place for both of them to be at.

ADAM TINDAL, MMATorch contributor

The announcement of Cain vs. Werdum again at 207 is a nice little fight to put together. I’m more curious to see if the altitude in Mexico City was the limiting factor in Cain’s performance. Since Werdum lost his title to Stipe, he seems to look as if he’s lost a step. His fight with Travis Browne sure didn’t inspire much confidence, so this one will be the ultimate litmus test for him. If he passes the test and beats Cain, then there’s a chance he could climb back to the title. If he loses, which I almost expect him to, then he’s out of there.


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