Undefeated heavyweight prospect Cain Velasquez will look for his fourth-straight win inside the octagon when he takes on Heath Herring on June 13th in Cologne, Germany.
According to MMA Weekly, both fighters have verbally agreed to the matchup and are likely to sign bout agreements to make the fight official.
A junior college national wrestling champion and two-time collegiate All-American wrestler at Arizona State, Velasquez (5-0) went 2-0 in bouts with Strikeforce and Bodog Fight in 2006 before debuting in the UFC in 2008. Fighting out of the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California, Velasquez has won all three of his UFC bouts, defeating Brad Morris, Jake O’Brien, and Denis Stojnic.
Herring (28-14-1), a PRIDE veteran, has gone just 2-3 since debuting with the UFC in early-2007, but has faced particularly difficult competition in his three most-recent fights and it won’t get any easier with Velasquez up next. “The Texas Crazy Horse” followed up a debut loss to Jake O’Brien with a unanimous decision win over Brad Imes. After losing to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Herring bounced back with a split decision victory over heavyweight contender Cheick Kongo. Most-recently, Herring was on the losing end of a dominant unainmous decision against Brock Lesnar in August.
The heavyweight matchup is expected to be featured on the UFC 99 main card, which is also rumored to include Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva and Dan Hardy vs. Marcus Davis.