Welcome to WrestlingObserver.com's live coverage of the UFC 188: Velasquez vs. Werdum weigh-ins from Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico kicking off at 7 PM eastern time. The event airs on Saturday on pay-per-view at 10 PM eastern time. Preliminary card action kicks off on UFC Fight Pass at 7 PM eastern time before moving over to FX at 8 PM eastern time. This marks the Octagon's second trip to Mexico City following UFC 180 in November.
The event will be headlined by a UFC Heavyweight Championship Unification bout as UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez returns from a long injury layoff to face Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Werdum. The semi-main event is a long-awaited lightweight bout between former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez and former Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez. Also on the main card is a middleweight bout between former TUF winner Kelvin Gastelum and former UFC title challenger and former Strikeforce champion Nate Marquardt.
A previously scheduled bout between Albert Tumenov and Andrew Todhunter was cancelled late Thursday night after Todhunter, who was coming into the fight on very short notice, was deemed medically unable to compete.
MAIN CARD (PPV- 10 PM ET/7 PM PT):
Cain Velasquez (242) vs. Fabricio Werdum (236)
Gilbert Melendez (156) vs. Eddie Alvarez (156)
Kelvin Gastelum (185) vs. Nate Marquardt (184)
Yair Rodriguez (145) vs. Charles Rosa (145)
Tecia Torres (114) vs. Angela Hill (115)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX- 8 PM ET/5 PM PT):
Henry Cejudo (125) vs. Chico Camus (126)
Efrain Escudero (156) vs. Drew Dober (155)
Alejandro Perez (136) vs. Patrick Williams (136)
Francisco Trevino (154) vs. Johnny Case (155)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC FIGHT PASS- 7 PM ET/4 PM PT):
Augusto Montano (170) vs. Cathal Pendred (170)
Gabriel Benitez (145) vs. Clay Collard (146)