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After a fight more than a year in the making, there is a new Undisputed UFC World Heavyweight Champion, and his name is Fabricio Werdum. The victory came by submission, when Werdum locked Cain Velasquez in a guillotine choke in the third round.

The title bout between Werdum and reigning champ Cain Velasquez had originally been scheduled to take place 7 months ago, but a torn meniscus and sprained MCL in his right knee forced Velasquez out. The two had been building up to the fight following Werdum’s victory over Travis Browne in April 2014. UFC had the duo as dueling coaches on The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America, where both the Featherweight and Bantamweight winners were coached by Velasquez.

Fabricio Werdum came into the fight as interim champion, winning the temporal belt on October 21, 2014 by defeating Mark Hunt at UFC 180. The victory came by TKO in the second round after a flying knee followed up by punches.

Since beating Brock Lesnar for the UFC Heavyweight Championship 5 years ago, Velasquez has only faced three opponents. He would face Junior dos Santos three times during the span, losing the belt to dos Santos in his first title defense attempt. After beating Antonio Silva, his rematch with dos Santos caused him to reclaim the belt by unanimous decision. His second attempt at a title defense was his second successful fight with Silva, again defeating him by TKO in the first round. The rubber match with dos Santos was yet another victory, a fifth-round TKO. Perhaps the lack of opponent variety and the 20-month layoff weighed against Velasquez at UFC 188.