UFC president Dana White has revealed that the rematch between heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez is unlikely to take place until March 2016.
Werdum took the title off Velasquez via submission in the third round at UFC 188 in June, and it appears he will be able to hold onto the belt for nine months without a challenge.
White's decision to schedule the heavyweight title fight next year is unlikely to be well received by other fighters in the division, Stipe Miocic and Andrei Arlovski in particular, as they have both been singled out as potential number one contenders by White.
"Unfortunately, this heavyweight division is tied up right now," White said during the UFC 191 post-fight press conference. "The fight won't happen probably until March, the next heavyweight (title) fight. So we'll see how this thing plays out and we'll go from there."
White has claimed that Werdum is to blame for the long wait as that is when he feels he will be ready for face Velasquez again.
"That's when Werdum wants to fight," White asserted.