More than a year after they first met for the UFC heavyweight championship, former champions Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez have agreed to do it again in a non-title rematch on Dec. 30 at UFC 207.
The card, headlined by Ronda Rousey's return against women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, will take place on a Friday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The loss for Velasquez (14-2) in their first meeting at UFC 188 in June 2015 was the most disappointing of his career. Werdum (21-6-1) dominated the bout in the high altitude of Mexico City, where he trained, to capture the UFC title via third-round submission.
Brazil's Werdum, 39, dropped the belt in his next bout, losing by first-round knockout to current champion Stipe Miocic in May.
In an odd twist, both fighters enter UFC 207 fresh off of defeats over Travis Browne. Werdum rebounded to claim a unanimous decision in their wild September bout just two months after Velasquez, 34, knocked Browne out in the first round at UFC 200.
Velasquez, a two-time champion from Salinas, California, is looking to take one step closer toward joining Randy Couture as the only men to win the UFC heavyweight championship three times.
The winner is expected to become the No. 1 contender for Miocic, who made his first title defense in September at UFC 203 with a first-round TKO against Alistair Overeem.