Today, June 13, 2015, UFC will present UFC 188: Velasquez vs. Werdum, only through pay-per-view. The event will take place in the Mexico City Arena located in Mexico City, Mexico. For those who are unable to attend the fight live, once again it is a pay-per-view and will cost an average of $50 in standard definition, $10 more for high-definition.
Fortunately, those who cannot afford the pay-per-view are given some luxuries, though they are not free. First, the Early Preliminary Card can be viewed through the UFC Fight Pass while the main Preliminary Card can be viewed through FX. Take note that the UFC 188 main card is when the monumental “Champion vs. Champion” match will take place.
- Cain Velasquez has a lot to prove upon his return in UFC, and he may be able to prove so at this pay-per-view.
- The preliminary fight between Albert Tumenov and Andrew Todhunter was cancelled due to Todhunter passing out due to health issues associated to cutting weight within two weeks.
- Tecia Torres looks past Angela Hill at UFC 188 and takes aim at the others in the top ten of the women’s strawweight division. Who does she have in her crosshairs first?
As mentioned earlier, the big fight of the night will be Cain Velasquez vs. Fabrício Werdum in a “Champion vs. Champion” unification match. How this came about is that after Velasquez successfully defended his title against Junior dos Santos, he was shelved for almost two years due to an injured rotator cuff and knee surgery. At the time however, Dana White did not know how long Velasquez would be out. Therefore, White set up an interim heavyweight championship tournament in which Werdum won. Now that Cain Velasquez has returned, he will fight Fabrício Werdum in the main event. The winner will be crowned the true UFC heavyweight champion.
The results of the main fight card will be shown below as they become available. This is a live-updating article so for those who are unable to watch the pay-per-view, you can use this article as a means to find out the latest results. Please note that due to online limitations, only the overall result shall be posted live with a fight synopsis detailed after the pay-per-view. Since preliminary matches are fairly easy to watch — either on UFC Fight Pass or television — they will not be included.
Main Card (Pay-Per-View – 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST)
Tecia “The Tiny Tornado” Torres vs. Angela “Overkill” Hill – Torres (USA) is undefeated at 5-0-0 and ranked number five. Hill (USA) is undefeated at 2-0-0 and ranked number 15. They are fighting in the Women’s Strawweight Division.
- SYNOPSIS: For some reason, this fight seemed kind of slow. Though Torres took the initiative in all three rounds, taking down Hill and such, it wasn’t that lively. It may be possible that Torres didn’t take the fight that seriously given the fact she was looking past this fight, wanting to take on others who are in the Top Ten of her division.
- RESULTS: Torres wins via Decision in the Third Round
Yair “El Pantera” Rodriguez vs. Charles “Boston Strong” Rosa – Rodriguez (Mexico) is 5-1-0. Rosa (USA) is 10-1-0. They are fighting in the Featherweight Division.
- SYNOPSIS: Very entertaining fight. Throughout the entire match, Rosa tried his best to take down Rodriguez mostly single-leg. However, Rodriguez was like Houdini, always escaping. However, there were times Rosa got Rodriguez down to the ground, but he wasn’t able to do much because Rodriguez either defended well or escaped easily. Highlight of the fight was when Rosa successful took down Rodriguez but Rodriguez rolled himself and Rosa around so that he could ground-and-pound his opponent.
- RESULTS: Rodriguez wins via Decision in the Third Round
Kevin Gastelum vs. Nate “The Great” Marquardt – Gastelum (USA) is 11-1-0 and ranked number 10. Marquardt (USA) is 36-14-2. They are fighting in the Middleweight Division.
- SYNOPSIS: Honestly, this match was a bit of a let-down considering it followed a phenomenal match with Rodriguez and Rosa. Not to mention, Marquardt was literally a punching bag throughout the match. He took a massive punch that make him fall down, then it was a knee. In the second round, he was on the ground getting pounded, and it seemed all he did was cover-up and wait it out. Gastelum was clearly upset the fight wasn’t any better as shown walking away from Marquardt in the second round about five seconds before it ended. It was also after that round that Marquardt gave up giving Gastelum the TKO win.
- RESULTS: Gastelum wins via TKO in the Second Round
Gilbert “El Niño” Melendez vs. Eddie Alvarez – Melendez (USA) is 22-4-0 and and ranked number Four. Alvarez (USA) is 25-4-0 and ranked number nine. They are fighting in the Lightweight Division.
- SYNOPSIS: This was the biggest surprise of the night. Throughout the entirety of the match, Melendez dominated Alvarez. He connected with numerous punch combos, connected elbows, the whole works that were in favor for Melendez. Alvarez getting a swollen eye didn’t do favors for him either. However, Alvarez was able to win the fight by split decision. Now to be fair, that spinning elbow Alvarez did may have given him the points to win. When it connected, it really opened up Melendez who started bleeding profusely. The fight as a whole should have gone to Melendez though, but because of the 10-point boxing score UFC (and MMA actually) uses, that is not the case.
- RESULTS: Alvarez wins via Decision in the Third Round
Cain Velasquez vs. Fabrício “Vai Cavalo” Werdum (“Champion vs. Champion” Heavyweight Title Fight) – Velasquez (USA) is 13-1-0 and the UFC Heavyweight Champion. Werdum (Brazil) is 19-5-0, ranked number one, and is the UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion. They are fighting in the Heavyweight Division to unify the UFC Heavyweight Championships.
- SYNOPSIS: Huge Velasquez fans are utterly disappointed to see “The King” go down horribly in the third round. However, analysts did say there was a lot going against Velasquez prior to this fight (time away, injuries, age, and history of title defenses). He had a lot to prove in this fight and he failed. Now to be fair, Velasquez came out in a flurry in the first round, but after that, Werdum was able to control the fight. Apparently, Velasquez was tired, unable to move around well, letting Werdum’s fists slip past his guard. Not to mention, his attacks were horribly pathetic. People could see those leg kicks coming from a mile away! Eventually, Velasquez tried to “come back to life” with that take down attempt, just to end up in a guillotine choke. The King has been slayed.
- RESULTS: Werdum wins via Submission in the Third Round
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