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By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic will attempt to defend his strap for the third time at UFC 216 on October 7 in Las Vegas when he squares off with former division kingpin Cain Velasquez.

The fight was first reported to be in the works on Monday evening by BJPENN.com’s Chris Taylor and was later confirmed by James Lynch via mmaoddsbreaker.

Stipe Miocic (17-2 MMA) was last seen in action at May’s UFC 211 event in Dallas, where he scored a first-round TKO victory over former division title holder Junior dos Santos.

The victory served at Miocic’s fifth in a row, as he had previously scored finishes over Mark Hunt, Andrei Arlovski, Fabricio Werdum and Alistair Overeem.

Meanwhile, Cain Velasquez (14-2 MMA) has not competed since 2016 at July’s blockbuster UFC 200 event, where he scored a first-round TKO victory over Travis Browne.

Prior to that, Velasquez had his impressive five-fight win streak snapped by Fabricio Werdum at UFC 188 in Mexico City, losing his heavyweight title in the process.

Who do you think will emerge victorious when Cain Velasquez and Stipe Miocic throw down this October in Las Vegas?

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