UFC President, Dana White, has announced today that heavyweights Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum will fight in Mexico for UFC 180 in November.
Velasquez has been tipped as one of the main event fighters ever since the UFC announced it would be going to Mexico for the first time later this year.
As well as being announced as the main event, the two were also confirmed as the two coaches for The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America, the first in the TUF series.
Werdum overcame Travis Browne at UFC Fight Night 30 to seal his number one contender status, a result that will have pushed the UFC into making the fight even more as Werdum is multilingual, and thus a better fit than Browne.
Velasquez has been sidelined ever since he trashed Junior dos Santos at UFC 166 to leave their series at 2-1. The champ suffered a shoulder injury and had to have surgery shortly after.
Some were doubting whether or not Velasquez will be fit to fight but he has seemingly given confirmation to White and co. that he'll be ready for when the UFC rolls into Mexico City on November 15th.
It's been five years since Velasquez fought someone other than Junior dos Santos or Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva, so he'll have to be 100% for a fresh opponent.
Further details were given about The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America as well with the divisions set to be featured being at the other end of the weight spectrum - the featherweight and bantamweight divisions.
According to MMAMania.com the show will air on the UFC Network (via Televisa), the 24-hour subscription-based channel that covers the entire region (with the exception of Brazil). While it's likely to air on FOX Sports 1 or Fight Pass in the US. UK users will find it on the BT Sport channel, along with the rest of the UFC content.
The show starts filming May 12th and will premiere the week of August 18th.
TUF: Latin America will be groundbreaking as it will feature fighters from over 20 countries and spark the careers of several fighters. Those involved will hope to become the first TUF contestant to become a UFC champion since Matt Serra beat George St-Pierre in 2007.
It's a perfect storm for the UFC that Velasquez and Werdum are both Spanish speakers at a time when they're set to make their first foray into the market. For UFC and MMA fans, now is the time to wonder who will win when they meet.
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