While no bouts have been officially lined up for the event, it is set to take place on December 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The two first met at UFC 188 in Mexico City where Werdum submitted Velasquez with a third-round guillotine to win the heavyweight belt. Since then, Velasquez has been adamant on getting a rematch after fans criticized him for gassing out early, possibly due to Mexico City’s high altitude. They were originally scheduled to face off in the main event of UFC 196 in March but both fighters were forced off the card with injuries.
After beating the two-time champ, Werdum (21-6-1) faced Stipe Miocic in his first title defense at UFC 198 where he was knocked out midway through the opening round. He came back with a recent decision over Travis Browne in a rematch at UFC 203 last weekend.
Velasquez (14-2) also faced Travis Browne after losing his belt and won the fight with a Performance of the Night worthy first-round knockout at UFC 200. He entered that fight after having gone through a year-long layoff due to a back injury that required surgery.