MANILA – Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez will defend his title on November 15 against top contender Fabricio Werdum at UFC 180, which marks the company’s debut in Mexico.
The fight card, headlined by the Velasquez-Werdum showdown, will be held at the Arena Ciudad in Mexico City, MMA Fighting reported.
“It’s a great day for me and the UFC,” UFC President Dana White said. “Anyone who has followed this company and this sport knows I’ve been talking about Mexico for a very long time.”
“I thought Mexico worked very well with this demographic and this sport. And I always knew it would be big here, if we had a chance to come here,” he added.
In the lead-up to the fight card, UFC will stage the first season of Ultimate Fighter Latin America, with Velasquez and Werdum serving as coaches of opposing teams.
Velasquez will be fighting for the first time in over a year, having suffered a torn labrum during his title defense against rival Junior Dos Santos in October 19.
“I’m going to be ready to do whatever it takes to give you a great fight,” Velasquez said. “I’ve had an injury, and I know what I have to do to be ready.”
“I don’t have to say bad things about Cain,” said Werdum, who became the top contender after beating Travis Browne last April 19. “He is a good person… What we can promise is the fight is going to be a great fight."