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Report: Velasquez vs. Herring set for UFC 99

A heavyweight encounter at UFC 99 between Heath Herring and Cain Velasquez appears to be on the verge of being finalized, according to a new report by MMAWeekly.com.

The report states that both fighters have verbally agreed to face each other at the June 13 event to be held in Cologne, Germany but that bout agreements have yet to be formally signed.

Herring, 28-14, has not competed since August, where he suffered a fractured cheek bone following a punch delivered by current UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar during their UFC 87 matchup.

A former PRIDE and K-1 veteran, Herring is 2-3 since making his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 8 in January of 2007. Nicknamed “The Texas Crazy Horse,” Herring has recorded notable victories in his career over Cheick Kongo, Mark Kerr, Gan McGee, and Gary Goodridge.

Velasquez is a former two-time All-American wrestler who is 5-0 since making his pro MMA debut in October of 2006. Training out of the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif., Velasquez is 3-0 since making his UFC debut against Brad Morris at UFC 83 last April.

A former Strikeforce and BodogFIGHT veteran, Velasquez last competed at UFC Fight Night 17 earlier this month in Tampa, Florida. Facing newcomer Denis Stojnic, Velasquez recorded a TKO victory at 2:34 of round 2 during a featured bout on Spike TV.

Considered one of the top heavyweight prospects in all of MMA, Velasquez put himself in a position to face the winner of the tentatively scheduled UFC 98 heavyweight title unification bout between Lesnar and Frank Mir if he’s able to get past Herring.

UFC 99 will emanate from the Lanxess Arena in Cologne and the company’s German debut is expected to be headlined by a 195 pound catchweight bout between former PRIDE middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva and former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin. Additionally, a lightweight bout pitting Spencer Fisher vs. Caol Uno is expected as well.

3 COMMENTS
  • Cathedron says:

    I hope Cain’s ready. Herring’s a big step up for him. Everyone who beats Herring gets a title shot, right? Isn’t that how it’s going? But seriously, Herring’s going to be a little hungry for a win after the rape he took from Lesnar, but you have to wonder if his ego’s been crushed as well as his face. I’ll be cheering for Cain, but with an uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach. I wonder what the betting lines will be? Normally, Herring would be the favorite, but now maybe he’s been dropped a few notches.

  • dpk says:

    Great match up for Velazquez, the only fighter I want to see him fight more is Dos Santos, but maybe that is down the line a little bit. Velasquez needs to do what Lesnar/Nog/and all others couldn’t and stop Herring in this fight. At the least he has to be more impressive than the Carwin v Gonzaga winner to get a title shot right away. Herring is fighting for his UFC life in this one, so he should really bring it.

  • Jstew3785 says:

    This should be a pretty good fight. I think Velasquez will take this one by TKO in the second round. Herring has shown he has no cardio and he won’t be able to keep up with the pace of Velasquez. But how do you warrant a title shot if he wins against a mediocre Herring? I mean, when Shane Carwin knocks out Gonzaga on March 7th, you could make a case for him as the number one contender. That is the fight that most fans want to see, and isn’t the UFC all about what sells tickets, not what makes the most sense???

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