When Cain Velasquez beat Junior dos Santos, the next challenger for the UFC heavyweight championship was already lined up - Fabrcio Werdum. Now a report coming out of Mexico says the fight will be at UFC 172, at the league's debut show in Mexico.
It's a matter of days for the UFC will officially announced the first event in Mexico. The Arena Mexico City will host the marquee 172 event, broadcast on pay per view in the United States, that will be headlined by Cain Velasquez vs. challenger for the heavyweight belt, the Brazilian Fabricio Werdum.
The date, the weekend of the 19th or April 26th 2014 is perfect for the Mexican American Velasquez, as he will have half a year to make full preparation. On Tuesday afternoon, the president Dana White confirmed that the announcement will take place on Mexican soil. That moment could come in the coming weeks as the company's promotional activity intensifies.
This Sunday, the heavyweight champion returns to Mexico for the second time in less than two months. One of the priorities of the company in 2014 is Latin America.
The matchmakers at the UFC, Sean Shelby and Joe Silva, are also working to ensure that fighters with Latin roots are included. Names such as Diego Sanchez, Gilbert Melendez, and Kelvin Gastelum are on the deck. Besides the possibility that Erik Perez Nuevo Leon fight on Mexican soil and the likely debuts of fighters that are in the development program for more than six months.
Another names that may be announced is Gabriel "Moggly" Tijuana Benitez, who will fight at 145 pounds on December 6 in Albuquerque, New Mexico in what could be his last fight before the promotion's debut show in Mexico. Other names include Augusto "Dodger" Montaño and Argentine Martin Cannetti Guido, who have been training in the Greg Jackson camp.
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