As per the Los Angeles reports, Stipe Miocic will square off against champion Fabricio Werdum Feb. 6 in the main event of UFC 196 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Stipe Miocic, “Coming off an impressive 54-second knockout of veteran Andrei Arlovski on Jan. 2”, notes the source. The UFC 196 will feature Miocic and Werdum after Cain Velasquez has been ruled out due to injury.
The San Jose fighter, Velasquez has been battling shoulder and knee injuries “and has fought just won since a successful title defense in October 2013.”
UFC President Dana White took to twitter on Sunday to make the announcement.
According to the Fox Sports reports, “Miocic is currently riding a two-fight win streak including a TKO victory over former title challenger Mark Hunt as well as a knockout over former champion Andrei Arlovski in his last trip to the Octagon.”
Miocic took to the twitter on Sunday, “Gotta grab opportunity when it comes knocking. #LetsGo.”
Earlier according to the Sports Illustrated, Dana White had gone “off the record” to state that Mickey Gall would be fighting Michael Jackson on Feb. 6 in Las Vegas at UFC 196 which should be the ultimate decision-maker.
“I’m bringing in Mickey Gall and he’s going to fight a kid named Michael Jackson,” White stated. “They’re going to fight on the prelims on Feb. 6 on Fight Pass and if he wins that fight, Mickey Gall will fight CM Punk. CM Punk will be there at the fight to watch.”
As per the Fox Sports reports, Punk might join Gall at UFC 200 in Las Vegas.
Reports were already making the rounds that former World Bantamweight Champion, Ronda Rousey, won’t be a part of UFC 200 citing more time for her recovery.
Dana White had released a statement saying that Rousey should be granted some time off. Rousey is currently focusing on her acting career and recently hosted the “Saturday Night Live” last January 23.