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UFC lucked out with forced heavyweight rematch

Velasquez Werdum

Cain Velasquez’ agent is a smart, smart man. He knew that despite his fighter’s dominance in the past a title fight against a world-class fighter like Fabricio Werdum after a two-year layoff would be very hard to win. So he put in the contract that should his fighter lose he will get a rematch right away.

In boxing, that rematch is very common but it is not in UFC. Velasquez, though, gets one. With some rust off and ring conditioning he will be able to fight Werdum for the title again. And it really is not a bad thing for the UFC to have him fight for the title.

The heavyweight division is very weak with contenders right now. Junior dos Santos just went through his championship series and lost twice to Velasquez. Stipe Miocic impressively stopped Mark Hunt but lost to dos Santos in his fight before that. A win over Ben Rothwell at UFC Fight Night 76 would probably clinch a title shot for him but he is not worthy of the shot right now. Rothwell is a contender with recent victories over Brandon Vera, Alistair Overeem and Matt Mitrione but would still need a victory over Miocic to truly earn a shot. That fight seems to be a title eliminator.

Surging veterans Andrei Arlovski and Frank Mir are headed for a collision at UFC 191 but right now neither guy is truly a worthy challenger, though the winner would definitely put themselves in position to fight for the title.

Travis Brown was just knocked out, Overeem has won back-to-back fights but needs to continue rebuilding his stock after three losses in four fights prior. Hunt is coming off an embarrassing loss to Miocic and lost to Werdum for the interim title prior tot hat.

Basically, the UFC should be thanking their luck stars that Velasquez was guaranteed the title shot after the loss because it game them a heavyweight title fight when there really is nobody worthy of actually competing for it.

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