Cain Velasquez could be set for a return to the Octagon in early 2019 according to multiple sources.
As reported by Ariel Helwani, the UFC is in talks with Velasquez about headlining their UFC Pheonix event on February 19 against none other than Francis Ngannou.
Velasquez is a former two-time UFC heavyweight champion having won the title first in 2010 by defeating Brock Lesnar before being knocked out by Junior Dos Santos. Velasquez bounced back in style though to defeating Dos Santos and Antonio Silva twice before relinquishing the belt once again to Fabricio Werdum after getting caught in a guillotine choke.
The AKA fighter has not fought since the UFC’s flagship event UFC 200 when he defeated Travis Browne via first-round TKO in a performance that earned him a performance of the night bonus.
Francis Ngannou was riding a pretty big hype train when he entered the UFC winning six straight before earning himself a title shot against Stipe Miocic.
In that fight at UFC 220, Ngannou’s lack of wrestling and cardio issues were brought to light as Miocic dominated all five rounds to win via unanimous decision. Ngannou then fell to another defeat against Derrick Lewis before bouncing back last month with a 40-second stoppage win over heavyweight prospect Curtis Blaydes.
Whilst a fight between the pair has not been finalised it is believed to be moving in the right direction.