A heavyweight encounter at UFC 99 between Heath Herring and Cain Velasquez appears to be on the verge of being finalized, according to a new report by MMAWeekly.com.
The report states that both fighters have verbally agreed to face each other at the June 13 event to be held in Cologne, Germany but that bout agreements have yet to be formally signed.
Herring, 28-14, has not competed since August, where he suffered a fractured cheek bone following a punch delivered by current UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar during their UFC 87 matchup.
A former PRIDE and K-1 veteran, Herring is 2-3 since making his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 8 in January of 2007. Nicknamed “The Texas Crazy Horse,” Herring has recorded notable victories in his career over Cheick Kongo, Mark Kerr, Gan McGee, and Gary Goodridge.
Velasquez is a former two-time All-American wrestler who is 5-0 since making his pro MMA debut in October of 2006. Training out of the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif., Velasquez is 3-0 since making his UFC debut against Brad Morris at UFC 83 last April.
A former Strikeforce and BodogFIGHT veteran, Velasquez last competed at UFC Fight Night 17 earlier this month in Tampa, Florida. Facing newcomer Denis Stojnic, Velasquez recorded a TKO victory at 2:34 of round 2 during a featured bout on Spike TV.
Considered one of the top heavyweight prospects in all of MMA, Velasquez put himself in a position to face the winner of the tentatively scheduled UFC 98 heavyweight title unification bout between Lesnar and Frank Mir if he’s able to get past Herring.
UFC 99 will emanate from the Lanxess Arena in Cologne and the company’s German debut is expected to be headlined by a 195 pound catchweight bout between former PRIDE middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva and former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin. Additionally, a lightweight bout pitting Spencer Fisher vs. Caol Uno is expected as well.