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UFC Mexico event sells out in just eight hours

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The UFC's Mexican debut will take place in front of a full house of fans as tickets for the prestigious event sold out in just eight hours.

UFC 180 will be the UFC's first ever event in the country and they've currently got Mexican-American, Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Werdum in a UFC Heavyweight title fight as the main event.

Over 20,000 fans will be at the arena to witness the spectacle, selling out the Arena Ciudad de Mexico (Mexico City Arena) in next to no time - leaving the UFC very happy with the expansion thus far.

A long time coming

The UFC in Mexico has been something that's always been on the cards as a potential event,  but they've never had the Mexican star to headline the event until Velasquez soared through the heavyweight division.

After his series of fights with Junior dos Santos, Velasquez is now the undisputed number one in the division and now he's back from injury - the UFC have put him in perhaps their biggest international expansion in years.

Mexico is renowned for producing some of the greatest boxers of all-time, and those that rise to the top draw huge crowds and buy rates, something the UFC is clearly expecting from Velasquez.

Velasquez identifies himself as American, and has spent his entire life in America, after his parents illegally immigrated to the US, where he was born. However, his Mexican heritage is sure to make him a star still.

Both fighters are currently coaching on the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America, on which UFC President, Dana White, said that TUF: Latin America and the Mexico expansion has been a goal of his for nearly 15 years.

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'The UFC is ready'

“That we've sold out in the blink of an eye is proof that Mexico is ready for its first UFC event and shows the true devotion of UFC’s fan base,” said Jaime Pollack, UFC Senior Vice President, International Development and General Manager, Latin America. “We couldn't ask for a better partner in Zignia Live, who provided the staffing and technology to keep pace with the high demand and ensure a seamless experience from UFC fans in Mexico and around the region."

The UFC think they're ready but they may not be ready for the boom in Mexico, as events like these could launch the next generation of MMA stars from the region.

Currently, the main nationalities represented in the sport are American, Canadian and Brazilian but there's a bunch of fighters with Latin American backgrounds - it's just none have excelled like Velasquez.

With this move the UFC have the chance to find the Oscar de la Hoya of MMA and you can rest assured that Dana White and the Fertita brothers would be rubbing their hands with glee at that prospect.

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