UFC Heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez and number one contender, Fabricio Werdum are set to be the coaches for the debut of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America.
The two have been linked to the role ever since it was announced that the UFC would come to Mexico in November, where Velasquez would make the third defence of his title.
Speaking to UFC Tonight, Velasquez's coach Javier Mendez confirmed that the two fighters had been approached for the roles, with filming starting next month but he also said that Velasquez would not be rushing himself back from injury to fight in November.
Velasquez had to have shoulder surgery on his left shoulder after his last fight and although he's been cleared to train on his right side, his left hand is still awaiting the all-clear from doctors.
A potential fight in November would mean a fresh opponent for Velasquez for the first time in four years, when he fought Brock Lesnar. His last five fights have been against Junior dos Santos and Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva, and he's 2-1 and 2-0 against both of those opponents.
Like Velasquez, Werdum will come into the fight on a four-fight winning streak, the most recent of those being a beatdown of Travis Browne at UFC on FOX 11.
Werdum has been involved in The Ultimate Fighter twice before, once as a grappling coach and once opposite Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, who he defeated via an impressive armbar.
Comparing the differences between those experiences and the outlook for this new series he said “It’s going to be a lot different, since it’s not going to take place in a single country, but in almost every country in Latin America.”
If Velasquez isn't ready to go then it's going to cause a headache for the UFC, who were banking on having a home favourite champion to lead their foray into the market and also having a decisive number one contender for him to face.
It's likely that should Velasquez back out of the fight due to injury, then Werdum would be forced to face another contender and defend his status, which delays the inevitable title fight even further - which would be a repeat of the situation they faced with Anthony Pettis and the lightweight title.
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