To be honest I wouldn't want to fight me either you guys.— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocicufc) January 25, 2016
The title fight will headline a UFC 196 pay-per-view event at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Werdum (20-5-1) will seek his first defense of a title he claimed in June in a submission victory over Velasquez at UFC 188 in Mexico City.
Miocic, 33, was promised a title shot after a first-round knockout ofAndrei Arlovski earlier this month. Now, due to Velasquez's injury, that opportunity will come sooner than expected.
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