Melendez-Alvarez to headline UFC 188

The pair will face off on June 13 in a bout that has been a number of the years in the making, with Alvarez and Melendez having first talked up a possible match up when they were fighting in series outside of the UFC.

Both fighters head into the contest on the back of defeats, with Melendez having come up short in a clash with Anthony Pettis via second-round submission, while Alvarez lost to Donald Cerrone by unanimous decision on his UFC debut in the September.

The Melendez-Alvarez fight will co-headline the event in Mexico, with heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez going up against interim title holder Fabricio Werdum in a fight that was originally slated for October of last year, but that was cancelled after Velasquez was forced to undergo knee surgery.

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