The long awaited return of UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez is finally here. The 32-year-old Mexican-American fighter has been sidelined while rehabbing a torn rotator cuff, ruptured MCL and torn meniscus of the knee since October 2013. A total of 20 months have passed since he last stepped foot inside the octagon when he defeated former champion, Junior Dos Santos.UFC 188

Velasquez (13-1, 11-1 in UFC) is set to face Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum in Mexico City Saturday night at UFC 188. Verdum, the 37-year-old from Brazil (19-5, 7-2 in UFC), is on a five-fight win streak since rejoining the organization, and was originally set to face Velasquez at UFC 180 before injuries postponed the match.

Werdum earned the interim title of Heavyweight Champion this past November when he defeated Mark Hunt in a thrilling slobber knocker. With the lengthy layoff, fans may have forgotten who the real champ is, and this bout will unify the titles once and for all.

The co-main event features Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez (22-4, 1-2 in UFC) versus Eddie Alvarez (25-4, 0-1 in UFC) in a lightweight matchup. Melendez is returning after a loss to then champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, and is looking to establish himself as a top contender at 155 lbs.

His competitor, Alvarez, has a lengthy career outside the UFC, but needs to regain his attacking game plan if he hopes to land a big win in Mexico Saturday night.

Also on the card, Ultimate Fighter welterweight winner Kelvin Gastelum (10-1, 5-1 in UFC) is moving up to make his middleweight debut when he faces veteran Nate “The Great” Marquardt (33-14, 11-7 in UFC). These fighters provide contrasting styles along with a 13-year age gap. Gastelum will try to out-wrestle his competitor and get back into the win column.

Rounding out the main card is a strawweight match between Tecia “Tiny Tornado” Toress (5-0, 1-0 in UFC) and Angela “Overkill” Hill (2-0, 1-0 in UFC). The 115-pound division is the newest women’s division.

All the action takes place this Saturday, June 13th, live from Mexico City at UFC 188 and on pay-per-view.

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