Before UFC-London headliner, watch Fabricio Werdum's title-unifying win vs. Cain Velasquez

Before his second consecutive headlining bout at UFC Fight Night 127, watch Fabricio Werdum become the undisputed heavyweight champion with a submission win over Cain Velasquez.

The title-unifying bout between Werdum (23-7-1 MMA, 11-4 UFC) and Velasquez (14-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC) served as the headliner for UFC 188, which took place June 13, 2015, at Mexico City Arena in Mexico City.

Werdum earned his shot at Velasquez after claiming the interim title with a TKO win over Mark Hunt at UFC 180, which originally was to serve as the date for Velasquez-Werdum until Velasquez withdrew with a knee injury.

Velasquez claimed UFC heavyweight gold for the second time in December 2012 and defended the belt twice before facing Werdum.

In a back-and-forth fight that threatened to end at any moment, Werdum went toe-to-toe with Velasquez over three rounds and hurt him enough to draw an exhausted takedown attempt, which Werdum promptly sunk in a guillotine choke that forced a quick and stunning tap at the 2:13 mark of the frame.

You can watch the full fight in the video above.

The win capped off a six-fight winning streak for Werdum, who lost the belt by knockout to current champion Stipe Miocic in his first title defense 11 months later at UFC 198. Velasquez, meanwhile, has just one fight since then as he’s struggled to stay healthy; he defeated Travis Browne by TKO in July 2016 at UFC 200.

For more on UFC Fight Night 127, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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