Report: Velasquez vs. Werdum at UFC 172 in Mexico City on April 19 or 26


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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Kim jong illest site profile image  

11/6/13 7:35 PM by Kim jong illest

I called this card a few weeks ago

tenchu site profile image  

11/6/13 4:56 PM by tenchu

Big news. MMA and the UFC continue to grow globally.

Chris27 site profile image  

11/6/13 3:40 PM by Chris27

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11/6/13 3:39 PM by Chris27

Hold up everyone, they are now reporting its not true, Cain hurt his left shoulder during the JDS fight and has to get another MRI on it, he might need surgery. Dana said they are obviously not going to Mexico without Cain and no fight has been offered for any card in Mexcio yet.   This seems like its gonna be pushed back.  I'm wondering if this sets the stage for them to do TUF in Mexico while waiting.  Or its possible Cains shoulder wont need surgery.    

-D0DG3R D0GG13- site profile image  

11/6/13 3:34 PM by -D0DG3R D0GG13-

Would've been nice if they held in el Estadio Azteca but they probably wouldn't fill it. Anyway, it might be a good time to visit some fam of mine.

Let me bang bro site profile image  

11/6/13 2:54 PM by Let me bang bro

cain talk spanish like some gringo tourist bro where the ufck you been son. werdum is more mexican then cain for speaking to mexicans.

Kim jong illest site profile image  

11/6/13 2:31 PM by Kim jong illest

I called this card a few weeks ago

fmez10 site profile image  

11/6/13 2:17 PM by fmez10

They UFC will need fluent Spanish speakers. I got Cain, Goyito, Yaotzin Meza that speak fluent Spanish. Who else speaks Spanish?

Jack Skellington site profile image  

11/6/13 1:11 PM by Jack Skellington

Not true. This show is gonna be huge. They could even have a stadium show (25,000 + people). Security won't be an issue, you'll see.

BrCutter site profile image  

11/6/13 1:04 PM by BrCutter

I know. Too much time for injuries and would love January. That's a long time out of the cage for Werdum too.