The main card of the UFC’s first trip to Mexico City has finally been unveiled.
Tuesday, the UFC traveled to Mexico to kick off ticket sales for UFC 180 and unveil several bouts scheduled to appear on the November 15 fight card set to take place at the Arena Ciudad de México.
Headlining the card is the highly anticipated matchup between UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum. This heavyweight bout comes after 12 weeks of coaching opposite one another on the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America.
Velasquez (13-1), currently the number-one ranked heavyweight and number three pound-for-pound according to the official Power MMA rankings, is coming off a dominant fifth round TKO victory over longtime rival Junior dos Santos at UFC 166 in October. The former Arizona State wrestling All-American has been sidelined with a shoulder injury for the last several months, but has since been cleared to begin training for his upcoming title fight.
Werdum (18-5-1), currently the number-two ranked heavyweight, earned his shot at the champion with a 25-minute beat down of Travis Browne in the main event of UFC on FOX 11 in April. This gave the Brazilian submission specialist victories in seven of his last eight bouts, including four in a row under the UFC banner.
Other bouts announced for the November card include a welterweight bout between Kelvin Gastelum and Jake Ellenberger, a lightweight bout matching Diego Sanchez and Norman Parke, a featherweight fight between Ricardo Lamas and Dennis Bermudez and a bantamweight contest between Erik Perez and Marcus Brimage.
Gastelum (9-0) broke into the UFC by capturing TUF 17 title over the heavily favored Uriah Hall. Since then the 22-year-old Yuma native has rattled off three straight victories inside the octagon with his most recent coming against Nico Musoke at UFC Fight Night 44 in June. His opponent, Ellenberger (29-8), is coming off back-to-back losses against top-5 welterweights Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald. Prior to this losing streak, the UFC veteran had won nine of his last 10.
Sanchez (25-7), the TUF 1 middleweight champion, is coming off an extremely controversial split decision victory over Ross Pearson at UFC Fight Night 42 in June. This victory snapped the “The Nightmare’s” two-fight losing streak. Parke (20-2-1), the TUF: Smashes lightweight champion, is coming off a second-round TKO victory over Naoyuki Kotani at UFC Fight Night 46 in Dublin last July. This victory pushed the Northern Ireland native’s unbeaten streak to 11 straight, with a UFC record of 4-0-1.
Lamas (14-3), currently the number-five featherweight, has won five of his past six bouts, with his lone loss coming against UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 169 in February. Bermudez (14-3), currently riding an incredible seven-fight win streak, is coming off a second-round submission victory over fan favorite Clay Guida at UFC on FOX 12 in July.
The 24-year old Pérez (14-6), who hails from Monterrey, Mexico, will be looking to get back into the win column after suffering a second-round submission loss to Bryan Caraway at UFC Fight Night 42. This gave “Goyito” two losses in his last three bouts. Brimage, an Alabama native, is coming off a split decision loss to Russell Doane at UFC 175 in July. This gave “The Bama Beast” two straight losses.
The prelims for the card will feature the final featherweight and bantamweight bouts from The Ultimate Fighter Latin America tournament. The series, which started airing August 20, is currently airing in Latin America on Televisa. Fans outside of Latin America can watch the inaugural season on UFC Fight Pass.